00:01 ANGELO MASTROPIETRO: My life before I becamea cave man was really quite different. 00:11 COMM: The pressures of modern life mean thatmost of us have probably dreamt at one time or another of fleeing to the hills. 00:20 COMM: But Angelo Mastropietro has made hishermit dream a reality by spending
over Â£160,000 making a house out of the cave. 00:35 ANGELO MASTROPIETRO: I am 38 years old andI’m a caveman. 00:41 ANGELO MASTROPIETRO: You know, I love a challenge.I mean, I guess coincidentally my surname actually means Masterof the Stone. So you know, maybe it’s kind of in my blood. 00:51
COMM: He did most of the work himself, evenmore incredible when you consider the only a few years ago, the businessman wasdiagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. 01:01 ANGELO MASTROPIETRO: I had a lapse that leftme paralysed essentially which was really the catalyst to make a review whereI was at, where I was going and obviously my lifestyle. The rock house kindacame along, you know without a shadow of a doubt. I was as passionate about thatas I was about setting up my company. 01:25
COMM: The 250ÂmillionÂyearÂold sandstonecliffs near the Wyre Forest are said to have inspired Tolkien when he was writingLord of the Rings. It was here that Angelo spent Â£62,000 on this 700ÂyearÂold abandonedcave which he would turn into his very own hobbit hole. With a renovation budgetof Â£100,000, Angelo set about doing most of the physically demanding work himself. 01:52 ANGELO MASTROPIETRO: In the end, I had spentsomewhere round about 1000 hours basically breaking rock, cutting rock,burrowing rock. You know, total
somewhere around about 70 or 80 tons of rubblethat I excavated out of this rock house by hand, and really proof of that isthe whole of the terrace outside, is literally 100 square meters of terrace out there. Noneof that was there when I started. So that is all of the rubble that I have excavated. 02:21 COMM: The completed rock house’s impressivefeatures are anything but Stone Age. It even has WiÂFi. 02:28
ANGELO MASTROPIETRO: One of the things that’skind of impressive about the restoration is really what you don’t see.We’ve put ventilation channels in the floor. One of the things that I was quite passionateabout doing was trying to retain the integrity of the rock house by not cuttingthe many casings into the hard wires. This could originally have been the bedroom. Theselittle nooks either side which I have lit up to give the illusion of kind of light channelskind of casting light down. 03:04 ANGELO MASTROPIETRO: Coming through into theshower room. So we have got
Grand Designs Manus Island
Kevin inherited this turn of the millennium detention centre from the previous owner. It holds 1000 guests at a squeeze. But Kevin wants to expand it to hold 10 000. With no need for underfloor heating the dongas, or shipping containers, are incredible energy efficient. As temperatures reach up 50 degrees Celsius, the accommodation doubles as sauna. Adjacent to the accommodation is the Coup de grÃ¢ce, a series of rooms with thick insulated walls to buffer the sound of self harm and abuse. On the other side is a living area where guest can dream of being somewhere else,
As they are bathed in natural light and rain from the idiosyncratic holes in the ceiling. For the cholera lover, the structure gives way to an exercise area peppered with excrement filled puddles that also happen to be the perfect breeding ground for malaria infused mosquitos. But not to worry, when it comes to medical services, Kevin plans to install a world class first aid kit. In the cupboard above the only working toilet on the island. Which will never have to be used if guest remain healthy, older then five and not pregnant. And no detention centre would be complete without a state of the art razor wire fence, to form a clear, visual separation, with chain links large enough to flood the entire courtyard with hope.
It’s little wonder that guest will feel conflicted as to stay in this comparative safe haven with it’s thuggish local police, or venture out into a country that has one the largest rates of machete based murder in the world. Next week, Tony plans to take this open field in a tropical paradise and fill it with tents, resting a top a rug large enough to sweep all his problems underneath. That’s next week on Bad Designs.