Now here's a man who is wholeheartedly committed to a view. I can respect that.
Working with architect Eldridge Smerin, Richard Elliott took quite a few design measures to integrate the Victorian Highgate cemetery into his house, and by extension, it would seem, his life: the kitchen sits atop the house, the furniture in the living area is mirrored, and the floor is covered in black granite in reference to tombstone materials. And, I suppose that when Elliott wants the total effect of his surroundings, he cracks open the retractable roof on his kitchen to bask in the graveyard glow. (WHAT. RETRACTABLE ROOF??! That's SKY in the second picture?!)
I did some research of my own to get to the bottom of who this Elliott is, as it takes a special kind of individual to commit to a cemetery like this, right? Apparently, he's a chartered surveyor and avid "music mixer" (DJ?) who lives in the house alone. Maybe the DJing explains the bizarre clubby neon pink light in his stairwell (which I'm weirdly drawn to, for some reason).
My question is: can you imagine living here? The cemetery is certainly central to the lifestyle promoted by this architecture, and I suppose that might be a problem for some, but for me, the real issue is the sparseness! As someone more comfortable surrounded with layers upon layers of STUFF, I'm always in awe of those who can live with minimalism, like Elliott, who has obviously chosen to do so as a way of emphasizing his most unusual plot of land.