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Murphy House / Richard Murphy Architects


The Royal Institute of British Architects’ 2016 House of the Year is the Murphy House, by Richard Murphy Architects. Built as the architect’s personal residence in Edinburgh, the playful, truly whimsical home, with its eclectic façade and unique profile, is also modular and adaptive to different seasons of the year.

Built on a small plot of land, the home has a footprint measuring just 11 by six metres and a floorspace of 165 square metres spread over an impressive five stories that encompass three bedrooms, living room, kitchen, dining area, study, basement, garage, utility room, and a roof terrace.

The dramatic, sloping roof is outfitted with solar panels and can be opened up in warmer weather, creating an outdoor space inside the home. Described as one of the jury members as a “box of tricks,” the residence features plenty of other surprises including pulleys, shutters, sliding doors, bookshelves whose backs double as window coverings, a secret mail receptacle, hidden bathtub, and so much more, making it the ultimate fun house — via Curbed

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