With rise in population in recent times, scarcity of land has become a major problem in some countries. Subterranean homes not only help with this issue, but also make more green space available for the betterment of the environment. One such example is Perdu, a spectacular two-storied underground dwelling located in Bowdon, Manchester. Conceived by architect James Bell, the design features an innovative circular building with amazing eco-friendly credentials.
Constructed in 2011 by UK-based architectural firms, Huntsmere and NC Homes, the structure is Trafford’s first subterranean residence. According to the architects, the decision to build underground was in response to the development restrictions in Trafford’s conservation area. Situated below the grounds of Limehurst, a Victorian-era mansion that has now been converted into flats, the three-bedroom house follows a radial plan, around a centrally-positioned atrium.
One of the major concerns, while building an underground home, is ensuring adequate availability of natural lighting; a feat that the architects have achieved by integrating four ground-level lightwells into the design. The entrance to Perdu lies above the ground, in the form of a small garden folly lined with perfectly-manicured hedge. A staircase leads to the first floor, which in turn houses the kitchen, the master bedroom with attached bathroom, the dining space and the lounge. The second floor is home to two guest bedrooms, Jacuzzi, gym and a swimming pool that connects directly to the master bedroom via a spiral waterslide.
In addition to its unique design, Perdu boasts an array of impressive eco-friendly features, including rainwater harvesting, a solar tube unit for readily-available hot water, an advanced ground-level heat pump, a heat recovery system and low-energy lighting. The total cost of construction is believed to have been nearly $3.7 million (around £2 million)
Via: Messenger Newspaper