Living underground the mansion way

Stumbled across this video from March last year of a proposed underground mansion. Actually there are two videos, the first is a report from Granada which gives a clearer idea of what the mansion is all about. The second video has more images and less chatter from irritating presenters – it’s actually got no sound at all which is a little disconcerting. Here’s the first though:

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In January this year, the designers, Huntsmere, won an award before the building had even been started – the Best Property Award 2010. I can’t see that work ever actually began. That article suggests there should have been builders in during the early part of the year, but a different article suggests work wouldn’t begin until a buyer was found, and that was proving harder than they’d like.

I did, however, discover a pdf brochure for the building which is full of similar pictures, marketing speak, but some interesting floorplans – which are also available on the Huntsmere website.

I love the circular concept, basing all the rooms off a big pool of light in the centre, but I am disconcerted by the lack of walls. I guess you want to spread the light around as much as possible, but I do like a nice room with four walls and a door. What I love most, though, aside from the pool slide, is that the plans show underground living doesn’t have to be dark and dingy.

One thought on “Living underground the mansion way

  1. What a great house that could be. Nice to see something original being built rather than old stuff having a load of money spent on it to re-create history.

    Odd that the pdf doesn’t show a podcasting studio on the bottom floor. Although I bet that pool noise would be an issue

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