Perdu is an innovative, luxury, underground home located in Manchester, England that boasts multiple eco-friendly features.
Designed by Toft, Cheshire-based British company James Bell Architecture & Design, the two-story circular house is hidden underneath a large lot with a beautiful garden and fountain at the center. Installed with a solar tube hot water system, ground source heat pump, and rainwater harvesting systems, the underground home has reached a rigorous standard of energy efficiency.
The subterranean property is accessed through a Limehurst-style garden folly, which is in great contrast to the modern layout of the home below. The main living space on the first floor includes the kitchen, dining room, dressing room and en-suite bedrooms. The home's rooms are built in a shape similar to that of cheese wedges, and radiate from the central atrium, echoing the circular layout of the garden above the ground.
To enter the lower level, a water slide whisks you from the master bedroom straight into a subterranean swimming pool with wide walls measuring 26-feet-tall and 40-feet wide. For conservative visitors not wanting to go for a dip, a staircase leads to the second level for access to a pool bar, changing room, gym, and two extra bedrooms with dressing closets.
Despite the home's underground location, an energy-efficient lighting system featuring low-energy lightbulbs that can save up to 80% electricity fills Perdu with ample light. Being built underground, the home's inherent nature of insulation makes it easy to heat in winter, and cool in summer.