Ever wonder what it would be like to live in a house designed by a world-class architect? The team behind the new venture Living Architecture lamented the fact that most people only experience great architecture in large public spaces like transit hubs and museums, while exceptional residential architecture remains private. In response, they have commissioned a number of superior architects to design a series of homes that will be available to rent year-round.
Living Architecture's first five rental homes, all being built in the UK, were designed by notable firms MVRDV, Jarmund/Vigsnæs Architects (who we profiled in our June 2009 issue), Peter Zumthor, NORD Architecture, and the British duo Hopkins. While the homes are depicted on the company website only as renderings, they are presumably underway, as rentals are scheduled to begin in 2010.
The Living Architecture team boasts and impressive collective resume, with development and architectural projects that have garnered international acclaim. To their own professional experience they add an advisory board that includes Tom Bloxham of Urban Splash, Swiss ambassador to the UK Alexis Lautenberg, and Alain de Botton, who is best known for his book The Architecture of Happiness. With this powerhouse of Europe's architectural cutting edge, the collection of rental properties is sure to attract visitors from all over the world. How much it will cost to experience such grand (and brand new) accommodations is anyone's guess, but surely there are architecture enthusiasts out there for whom this kind of offering is the chance of a lifetime.
Pictured, from left to right: Balancing Barn by MVRDV and In-Between House by JArmund/Vigsnæs.