The Sunken House, a three-story minimalist box with dark cedar cladding designed by British starchitect and dollhouse designer David Adjaye, sits directly above the future route for London's CrossRail 2 train, which is scheduled to open in 2030. As a personal consolation prize for dealing with the construction, resident Ed Reeve has applied for approval to dig his own private railway station under the house, potentially the only benefit the train's close proximity could have. The plans call for "ramped travellators," which are essentially moving walkways that move at the speed of passing trains, allowing Reeve and his family to board without the train actually having to stop.
The bottom floor of the Sunken House is partially underground, with a submerged kitchen, dining room, and home office. Reeve is working with a team of designers to create an elevator shaft that will descend from his home to the train tunnels for possibly the most efficient route to public transportation ever.
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