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Wales' 'Teletubby House' Does Subterranean Living in Style

As it was in high school, so it is in the Welsh countryside—you never get to pick your own nickname. But if the shoe fits, the Teletubby House, blended seamlessly into the Pelmbrokeshire countryside, wears it well. In fact, one would be hard-pressed to find a subterranean dwelling that so deftly sidesteps the whimsical, if not occasionally gloomy, disposition that usually characterizes underground construction.

Fully manufactured offsite and completed in 1996, Malator, as it's officially called, was designed by the avant-garde British firm Future Systems. Barred from building on this national park land, the architects buried deep into an artificial hill, carving a translucent structure dressed sharply in porthole windows and an interior that's essentially one long tunnel under a turf roof, with three bedrooms separated from the fluid living space in prefabricated pods. And while living in an underground shelter might feel a tad Neolithic to some tastes, canary-yellow kitchens and panoramic ocean views are widely regarded as some of the most appreciable charms of modern living. So, please, don't even dare group Malator—which was just last year named one of the most innovative houses of the last century by Arch Digest—with those other hobbit holes.

—Spencer Peterson

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· Malator, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, Druidston, Pembrokeshire, Wales [Arch Digest]