Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has awarded House of the Year for 2016 to a whimsical terraced house in Edinburgh that has hidden bath and disappearing walls.

The house is designed by Richard Murphy Architects and is simply named as Murphy House.

Built at an awkward site in Edinburgh’s New Town, the house is equipped with sliding bookshelf ladders in a subterranean library and folding corner wall too.

According to Riba president Jane Duncan, challenges of planning restrictions have been overcome by Murphy architects to build a stunning house in an awkward site.

Richard Murphy himself lives in the house.

Duncan added, “Part jigsaw puzzle, with its hidden and unexpected spaces, and part Wallace and Gromit with its moving pieces and disappearing walls, this is a model house of pure perfection and a worthy winner of the Riba House of the Year 2016.”

Mr Murphy took about eight years to build the house and his true labor of love could be seen.

Seven homes were shortlisted from across United Kingdom and Murphy House emerged as the winner.

The Murphy House was inspired by the design of Italian architect Carlo Scarpa of 20th century.

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Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has awarded House of the Year for 2016 to a whimsical terraced house in Edinburgh that has hidden bath and disappearing walls. The house is designed by Richard Murphy Architects and is simply named as Murphy House. Built at an awkward site in Edinburgh's New...