A commission by The New Yorker magazine to photograph a series of houses built by the nonprofit venture, Living Architecture. Founded by philosopher and writer Alain de Botton, Living Architecture is dedicated to the promotion and enjoyment of world-class architecture, commissioning renowned architects to build houses around the UK and make them available to rent for holidays.
The houses photographed were:
The Dune House, designed by Jarmund/Vigsnæs Architects for Living Architecture. It is located close to the picturesque village of Thorpeness in Suffolk, on an idyllic spot on the very edge of the sea, nestled among rolling dunes.
The Balancing Barn, designed by the Dutch practice MVRDV, stands on the edge of a tranquil nature reserve a few miles inland from the Suffolk coast, near the historic towns of Walberswick and Aldeburgh. Clad in elegant reflective steel tiles, the house dramatically cantilevers over the landscape, providing views from its huge panoramic windows over woods, ponds and meadows.
The Shingle House, designed by Scottish practice, NORD (Northern Office for Research and Design) and situated on the shingle beach of Dungeness, near Romney Marsh, one of the most unusual and poetic landscapes in England.
Read the New Yorker article by Paul Goldberger here.