A Countryside Barn Balances Tradition and Experimantation
Thorington – in 2008, Swiss philosoper Alain De Botton set out to democratize contemporary design. As a follow up to his book The Architecture of Happiness, De Botton established a vacation rental non-profit called Living Architecture and appointed Mark Robinson, the former manager of the Serpentine Gallery Pavilions, as its director. By renting out bespoke holiday homes at affordable rates, Living Architecture wants the public to experience ‘what it is like to live, eat and sleep in a space designed by an outstanding architectural practice’ – a luxury usually reserved for a lucky few. Living Architecture’s growing portfolio for homes includes exquisite contemporary homes by Hopkins Architects, NORD; Jarmund/Vigsnaes Architects and Kohn Architects. Two additional homes by Peter Zumthor and FAT Architects and Greyson Perry are scheduled for 2014.