November 14, 2012

Bat Caves for Billionaires

Last week a furore erupted when plans were released for a four-storey basement beneath a 19th-century schoolhouse in Knightsbridge, for Canadian former TV mogul David Graham.
Tripling the size of the property, this gargantuan pleasure cave would house a ballroom and swimming pool, with hot tub, sauna and massage room, as well as 15 bedrooms, seven bathrooms and 20 toilets, plunging deeper into the earth than the height of neighbouring homes.... In a surreal competition of keeping up with the Joneses, billionaire-style, Hunt went one step further into the realms of fantasy. He proposed to dig a 22m-deep hole beneath his garden to house a tennis court, pool and gym, as well as a private museum for his collection of vintage Ferraris. The cavernous chamber would be illuminated from above, through the glass floor of a glistening rooftop infinity pool. -- | The Guardian
Posted by gerardvanderleun at November 14, 2012 10:09 AM
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Think of the building trades jobs that project would provide.

Posted by: pfsm at November 14, 2012 4:46 PM

Saw an article over on Cracked providing some reasons why Bruce Wayne's batcave was an impossibility. Most of these reasons had to do with the secrecy angle of it, which doesn't apply here, but there was some discussion of the climate control angle of it. Computers don't like water, and supposedly, it is not feasible to climate-control a subterranean complex such as this.

So this is rather exciting. A moment of truth.

Posted by: Morgan K Freeberg at November 15, 2012 12:01 PM

Ah. Found it.

Posted by: Morgan K Freeberg at November 15, 2012 12:20 PM

Sehr kuhl.

Posted by: Sam L. at November 15, 2012 4:31 PM

What? No indoor shooting range? Oh, that's right, this is in Canada. So maybe a tennis court with a refrigerated floor that could double as an ice rink? Just trying to help...

Posted by: waltj at November 17, 2012 6:39 AM