Who we are
Living Architecture was set up to change public perceptions of modern architecture. By commissioning world-class architects to design houses, which can then be rented by the public over a period of days and nights, it aims to promote, educate and influence discussion about modern architecture.
We offer a chance to rent houses for a holiday designed by some of the most talented architects at work today, set in some of the most stunning locations in Britain. We have commissioned houses by MVRDV, NORD, Jarmund/ Vigsnæs, David Kohn, Michael & Patty Hopkins, FAT, John Pawson and Peter Zumthor.
We started the organisation from a desire to shift perceptions of modern architecture. We wanted to allow people to experience what it is like to live, eat and sleep in a space designed by an outstanding architectural practice. While there are examples of great modern buildings in Britain, they tend to be in places that one passes through (eg. airports, museums, offices) and the few modern houses that exist are almost all in private hands and cannot be visited.
We see ourselves first and foremost as an educational body, dedicated to enhancing the appreciation of architecture. But we also hope that you will have an exceptional holiday with us. We are making available a standard of house unusual for the UK rental market (where the ancient cottage has until now been the norm), with the best of contemporary materials and technologies. Our houses are all in fascinating locations and have been meticulously designed for comfort and aesthetic delight (with prices starting from just £23 per person per night).
The Living Architecture team comprises:
Mark Robinson - Director
Mark previously project managed the Serpentine Gallery Pavilions from 2000 to 2006. At Living Architecture, Mark is responsible for making the vision a reality - finding sites, working with our architects to develop the concept for each house, gaining planning permission, managing the construction period and developing future projects.
Richard Day - Operations Manager
Richard was Head of Holidays at the National Trust from 2004-2009. He is responsible for ensuring the smooth operation of all the houses - and is committed to ensuring the quality of your stay. Email.
Alain de Botton - Creative Director
Alain had the idea for Living Architecture while writing a book about architecture, and feels passionately about the educational mission behind Living Architecture. He is the creative director of the organisation, with particular responsibility for identifying our architects.
Meredith Bowles - Executive Architect
Meredith heads up the highly successful, Cambridge-based practice, Mole Architects. He is a leading practitioner of sustainable architecture and won the Manser Medal in 2002 for The Black House in Ely.
Living Architecture is pleased to be working with and supported by Miele UK, a company renowned for the high quality and reliability of their products. The Miele range of appliances reflect and compliment the high standard of design within our houses, and Miele has made available to Living Architecture and each architect their full range of appliances and equipment for each house.