Hart Street House

Richard Murphy Architects, Edinburgh, 2014


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Hart Street elevation 

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  • Hart Street elevation    
  • View looking down Hart Street    
  • Rear of house viewed from the lane    
  • Front entrance    
  • Detail of front elevation    
  • Interior wall finished in polished blue plaster    
  • Entrance hall    
  • Master bedroom with open corner    
  • View from kitchen space to living space    
  • View from living space to kitchen at mezzanine level    
  • Location plan    
  • Basement plan    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • First floor plan    
  • Second floor plan    
  • DR Section Final    
  • Section AA    
  • Elevation    
  • West elevation    
  • North elevation    
  • South elevation    

The wedge-shaped form of the house that architect Richard Murphy built for himself features a south-facing roof incorporating solar water heating panels and photovoltaics. A first-floor living room leads on to a terrace and is overlooked by a mezzanine.

In elevation, a base of ashlar stone rises and turns a corner to become more rubble-like on the lane side of the building. The rear facade has a strong, castle-like appearance. Internally, the home is arranged around a first-floor living room that leads on to a concrete terrance.

A study is tucked under the mezzanine kitchen and on the ground floor there is a spare bedroom. Details include artful shelves, slit windows and waste disposal tubes that flume down through the layered section.


  • Begun: Jun 2012
  • Completed: Dec 2014
  • Floor area: 165m2
  • Sector: Residential
  • Procurement: Unorthodox
  • CO2 Emissions: 14.99kg/m2/year
  • Address: Hart Street, Edinburgh, EH1, United Kingdom

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