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by Katy Purviance on 05/03/08 @ 11:56:38 pm
Categories: I love this building | 218 words | 2971 views

A revolutionary eco-house in a Cotswold nature reserve has been sold for a world record £7.2 million for a country home.


Orchid House

The house, whose design is based on the bee orchid found on the reserve, was sold off-plan last week to an anonymous buyer.

The size of an average semi, the cost works out at £3,000 per square foot - double that of homes in Beverly Hills and Manhattan.

For their money, the mystery buyer - reputed to be in the entertainment industry - will get a lakeside home complete with a glass-sided badger set in the garden.


Orchid House

Orchid House is situated in the 550-acre Lower Mill nature reserve near Cirencester, which was created from abandoned gravel workings. The development is one-fifth housing and four-fifths reserve.

Brad Pitt, the actor, has looked at the plans for Orchid House, while Paul Sandberg, producer of the “Bourne” films, is buying a home nearby.


Orchid House

Kylie Minogue has stayed at the estate and ballerina Darcey Bussell has visited the area.

The home will take three years to build. It is hoped it will produce more energy than it uses, with an underground heat pump, geothermal heating and cooling, rainwater and solar and wind power.

The design is by Sarah Featherstone, whose practice in east London is designing part of the Olympic athletes’ village.


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