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Living ArchitectureCutting edge holiday escapades.

Weekends away are far more cutting edge when they involve staying at one of Living Architecture’s state-of-the-art holiday homes.

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Living Architecture aims to shift perceptions of world-class modern architecture by promoting its enjoyment and appreciation. Great architects have designed all their modern homes around Britain, which are available to rent for holiday escapades all year round in order to allow people to experience what it’s like to live, eat and sleep in a space designed by an outstanding architectural practice. Here are just a few of them.

Surrounded by green fields and looking toward the sea, A House for Essex is a singular barn-like building evoking a tradition of wayside and pilgrimage chapels in the landscape. A series of simple, house forms step up in scale from the entrance to the main living room space. Each of these spaces is expressed externally as a volume in its own right. The house gets higher as it steps down the hill with the tallest volume at the lowest point. It therefore presents two different faces, a modestly scaled entrance porch to the south and a taller more formal frontage to the north.

The house was designed by FAT Architecture (Fashion, Architecture, Taste), one of the most important studios of its kind in Britain. Renowned contemporary British artist Grayson Perry, decorated the interior of the house, which contains a number of specially commissioned art works by the artist, including beautiful tapestries, pots, decorative timberwork and mosaic floors, celebrating the history and psyche of Essex.

Designed by Dutch firm MVRDV, the Balancing Barn is exactly what it name indicates, a home which planks over the landscape, providing views from its huge panoramic windows over woods, ponds and meadows. Covered in glittering silver tiles, the house stands on the edge of a calm nature reserve a few miles inland from the Suffolk coast, near the historic towns of Walberswick and Aldeburgh.

Then there’s the Dune House in Suffolk, a geometrically complex roofscape that alludes to local seaside buildings while remaining particularly modern. It was designed and built by Jarmund/Vigsnæs Architects (JVA), a Norwegian practice renowned in Scandinavia for their creative responses to the highly seasonal Nordic landscape, but who had not until now built in the UK. The orange steel alloy covering the roof purposefully reflects the changing colours and temperaments of the sea and sky, while the panoramic windows on the ground give guests a 360-degree view of their surroundings.

Living Architecture has many more houses including the Shingle House, surrounded by the shingle wasteland that characterises Dungeness, Britain´s only desert; A Room for London, Living Architecture’s boat perched on the very edge of the Queen Elizabeth hall at the Southbank Centre; and the Long House designed by Michael and Patty Hopkins, which gives out on to the flat, almost prairie-like expanses of the Norfolk landscape.

No matter which house you choose for a relaxing getaway, Living Architecture will exceed your expectations and prove its worth as an educational body, dedicated to enhancing the appreciation of architecture.

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Little whims that put a touch of comfort in our routine. Tableware or decorations that make us smile from pure aesthetic pleasure, which we could not live without.

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