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Brief Published: 30 Sep 2010

Living Architecture


Public intellectual and philosopher Alain de Botton has founded a non-profit organisation, which offers travellers the chance to spend their holiday in accommodation designed by world-renowned architects.

With five houses on its roster – all dotted around the United Kingdom , Living Architecture aims to let the public experience modern architecture at wallet-friendly prices.

One property located on a nature reserve in the county of Suffolk and designed by Dutch firm MVRDV comes clad in silver tiles. ‘The Balancing Barn’ takes its name from a structural conceit in which the property cantilevers over a grassy verge.  Meanwhile, another let in Dungeness, Kent takes direct inspiration from the surrounding littoral scenery. Scottish architectural practice NORD Architecture created ‘The Shingle House’, a simple black structure with an exterior clad in shingle while inside concrete and timber are used generously. Read more about this in Living Architecture: World-Class Design Made Accessible

Prices start from GBP 20 ($30) per person per night.

Living Architecture