Thursday, April 28, 2011


Anyone who has read the books 'The Art of Travel', 'Architecture of Happiness' or 'Essays in Love' to name a few will be familiar with the Swiss born philosopher Alain de Botton. In May 2009, de Botton along with other members formed the architectural project know as 'Living Architecture'. As described on the Living Architecture website -

'Living Architecture is a new social enterprise set up to revolutionise both architecture and UK holiday rentals.

We offer a chance to rent houses for a holiday designed by some of the most talented architects at work today, and set in some of the most stunning locations in Britain. We have commissioned houses by Peter Zumthor, Michael & Patty Hopkins, NORD, Jarmund/Vigsnæs Architects & MVRDV.'

What a fantastic idea and a way to educate the masses on what good architecture should be as well as getting to experience the architecture first hand. And with prices starting at £638 for 4 nights and in most cases accommodating more than 2 people it is fairly affordable! The following images are of the very gorgeous 'Shingle House' designed by Scottish firm NORD Architects. The house is located in Kent on a shingle beach. What a stunning place to stay!

images via Dezeen

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