Shaped like an abstract flower and amazing from any aerial view, this unique eco-friendly hippie home is nearly invisible – a rolling hill in the landscape – viewed from on the ground and all around. From below it blends in seamlessly with the natural surroundings. From above it is a beacon in the night. And inside, well, the pictures show it all.
At nearly ten thousand square feet, this underground house designed by Make Architects for all-star football player Gary Neville is as architecturally daring as it is eco-friendly – it aims to be the first carbon-neutral house in all of Great Britain.
Local materials and traditional construction techniques will reduce transportation and technology waste while geothermal heat, solar roof panels and wind turbines will generate sustainable energy on the site. In short: this house is about as green as it gets on all fronts, inside and out.
This may be the boldest, biggest and best modern underground home plan to date. Sometimes green architecture is makes grass-roots progress – but in other cases it takes someone eccentric with power, money and fame to push the envelop on environmental home construction.
Stuart Fraser, partner at Make Architects, said: “The client has been heavily involved in the design process and is passionate about preserving the natural beauty of this area. It has been a privilege to be given a brief which has allowed us to truly test the boundaries of current sustainable thinking in terms of design and construction and to work along some leading experts in this field.”
About Make Architects
“Make is a different kind of architecture practice. Founded in 2004 by Ken Shuttleworth, we’re motivated by a single purpose: to design the best places, spaces and buildings in the world. We’re a team of 150 in London, Hong Kong and Sydney providing architecture, interior and urban design services from concept to completion. We’re proudly free from a house style. At Make, ideas evolve, and we explore the full and unique potential of every client’s brief, site and budget to ensure the best idea surfaces.”