Saturday 25 March 2017

Peek inside Murphy House - the 'Home of the Year' with a hidden bath and disappearing walls

The exterior of a property with a hidden bath and disappearing walls which has been named house of the year Keith Hunter/RIBA/PA Wire
The exterior of a property with a hidden bath and disappearing walls which has been named house of the year Keith Hunter/RIBA/PA Wire

Ben Phillip

An Edinburgh property with a hidden bath and disappearing walls has been named house of the year by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

The five-level house has been built on a sandstone terrace on Hart Street in Edinburgh's Unesco-listed New Town.

The interior of a property with a hidden bath and disappearing walls which has been named house of the year Keith Hunter/RIBA/PA Wire
The interior of a property with a hidden bath and disappearing walls which has been named house of the year Keith Hunter/RIBA/PA Wire

It boasts a folding corner wall, sliding bookshelf ladders that glide around a secret library and a roof terrace.

Affectionately named Murphy House, the residential building was designed by Richard Murphy Architects, inspired by the work of the late Carlo Scarpa, a 20th-century Italian architect.

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Planning consent was approved for the home in 2007 on the "awkward urban site", with construction being completed in easter 2015.

The exterior of a property with a hidden bath and disappearing walls which has been named house of the year Keith Hunter/RIBA/PA Wire
The exterior of a property with a hidden bath and disappearing walls which has been named house of the year Keith Hunter/RIBA/PA Wire

RIBA president Jane Duncan said: "The Murphy House is this year's best example of how to overcome challenging constraints - from planning restrictions and an awkward site in an urban location - to build a stunning house.

"Nearly a decade in the making, this house is a true labour of love for Richard.

"Part jigsaw puzzle, with its hidden and unexpected spaces, and part Wallace and Gromit with its moving pieces and disappearing walls, this is a model house of pure perfection and a worthy winner of the RIBA house of the year 2016."

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The interior of a property with a hidden bath and disappearing walls which has been named house of the year Keith Hunter/RIBA/PA Wire
The interior of a property with a hidden bath and disappearing walls which has been named house of the year Keith Hunter/RIBA/PA Wire
The exterior of a property with a hidden bath and disappearing walls which has been named house of the year Keith Hunter/RIBA/PA Wire
A detail on the exterior of a property with a hidden bath and disappearing walls which has been named house of the year Keith Hunter/RIBA/PA Wire
The exterior of a property with a hidden bath and disappearing walls which has been named house of the year Keith Hunter/RIBA/PA Wire

Owner Mr Murphy added: "We celebrated our 25th birthday last month and to receive this award is a wonderful present and with such astonishing level of public interest.

"It's our 21st RIBA award and takes its place in a long line of awards for buildings small and large, and for whole variety of types including domestic, educational, health, arts and a new British Embassy.

"It emphasises yet again that the practice demonstrates both great versatility and consistently high quality in all its work current and past."

The announcement of the 2016 RIBA house of the year was broadcast on Thursday evening during the final episode of Channel 4's Grand Designs.

The interior of a property with a hidden bath and disappearing walls which has been named house of the year Keith Hunter/RIBA/PA Wire
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The interior of a property with a hidden bath and disappearing walls which has been named house of the year Keith Hunter/RIBA/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
The five-level house has been built on a sandstone terrace on Hart Street in Edinburgh's Unesco-listed New Town. Richard Murphy Architects/RIBA/PA Wire
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The five-level house has been built on a sandstone terrace on Hart Street in Edinburgh's Unesco-listed New Town. Richard Murphy Architects/RIBA/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

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