Living Architecture

Special previews of Alain de Botton’s revolutionary architecture project
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JVA, The Dune House, Thorpeness, Suffolk

1 / 5 JVA, The Dune House, Thorpeness, Suffolk

Nord Architecture, The Shingle House, Dungeness, Kent

2 / 5 Nord Architecture, The Shingle House, Dungeness, Kent

MVRDV, The Balancing Barn, Walberswik, Suffolk

3 / 5 MVRDV, The Balancing Barn, Walberswik, Suffolk

Hopkins Architects, The Long House, North Norfolk

4 / 5 Hopkins Architects, The Long House, North Norfolk

Peter Zumthor, The Secular Retreat, Salcombe, Devon

5 / 5 Peter Zumthor, The Secular Retreat, Salcombe, Devon


Living Architecture is the brainchild of Alain de Botton, philosopher and author of, among other works, The Architecture of Happiness.

The project seeks to challenge the negative view of modern architecture by offering members of the public the chance to rent five different houses designed by some of the world’s top architects for holidays around the UK. It is hoped that the concept will revolutionise the holiday lettings industry, as well as attitudes towards contemporary architecture.

Initiated around two years ago, the first of the holiday houses under construction will be available to let from the end of 2010.


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