murphy house

Murphy House

Max Fordham worked with Richard Murphy Architects to design Richard's own home in the UNESCO listed New Town in Edinburgh.

This five level, 4 bedroom house was awarded the 2016 RIBA House of the Year, the most prestigious residential architecture award in the UK. 

We were appointed to provide sustainability and energy efficiency advice for the project. The design includes a host of innovative environmental features, including a rock store designed to store thermal energy captured in the roof sunspace from the sun to be used in the evening. The house was designed to a very high standard of energy efficiency, with performance being a 50% improvement on building regulations requirements.

One of the House of the Year judges, Philip Thorn, commented that he '...loved the long list of environmentally friendly touches.'


Richard Murphy Architects






Richard Murphy

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The house boasts a number of versatile openings, allowing occupants to tailor rooms for different uses
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The design was inspired by the architect Carlo Scarpa, and features playful details throughout
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A thermal circulation system utilises the heat generated throughout the split-level dwelling
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The structure is made up of a collage of materials including glass blocks, timber screens, glazing and steel I-beams
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The RIBA winning design features louvre-fronted windows and a 45-degree roof covered in solar panels
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Occupants can vary the degree of light and privacy by folding panels in the walls