Flower Shaped Underground Eco Home For Footballer Gary Neville.

flower shaped underground home
above:Make Architects designs an underground carbon neutral home for one of Manchester United’s soccer stars.

Andrew Greaves of the Bolton News reports “Plans submitted to Bolton Council last week, by international firm Make Architects, show the kitchen as the “heart” of the development with several wings — with titles such as eat, relax, entertain, work, sleep and play — arranged around the central area like petals on a flower.

Flower Shaped Underground Eco Home

Flower Shaped Underground Eco Home at if it's hip, it's here

In a report to the council, the architects said: “Having spent time with the client and his family at their existing house, it became very clear that the kitchen should be the focus of the new home, as it is the space they inhabit most on a daily basis.

Bolton Underground home on if it's hip, it's here

“In response to this, we have structured a spatial arrangement on a single level, where public (entertaining), family (day-to-day), private (bedrooms) and functional spaces (utilities) are incorporated in separate wings which all radiate from a centrally located kitchen at the heart of the house.”

the bolton house courtyard, if it's hip, it's here

Also in the report, which is one of several documents included with the application, the development is likened to the Skara Brae Neolithic settlement in Orkney, because of the way it is built into the hillside which “enables the surrounding moorland to seamlessly flow across the roof”.


above: the present home of footballer Gary Neville

Gary Neville, who holds an honorary degree from the University of Bolton for his outstanding contribution to football, worked closely with the award-winning architects on the scheme which is noted for its resemblance to the set from CBBC’s Teletubbies.

Stuart Fraser of Make said: ‘The client has been heavily involved in the design process and is passionate about preserving the natural beauty of this area.’

The zoned, petal-shaped wings are themed ‘eat’, ‘relax’, ‘entertain’, ‘work’, ‘sleep’ and ‘play’ respectively, clustered around a central kitchen.

The carbon-zero home took more than three years to design.

Gary Neville's flower-shaped Eco Home

low profile view of the Bolton Underground home
above: the homes’ low profile (artist rendering)

Bolton House kitchen
above: the central kitchen

bolton house on if it's hip, it's here
above: living room

bolton house underground home at night

info and images of the home courtesy of Bolton News and Make Architects

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