The Shingle House / Dungeness / February 2012

Two years ago the writer and philosopher, Alain de Botton set up Living Architecture. de Botton is the author of a number of books on subjects as diverse as love, travel and philosophy but it was after the publication of “The Architecture of Happiness” and the subsequent tours and talks he did, that he became convinced of a “desire to shift perceptions of modern architecture”.

From the Living Architecture website… “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”

Living Architecture exists to give people the chance to holiday in exemplary examples of modern architecture, commissioning some of the finest architects in the world, in the hope the public might start to warm to the contemporary again.

Last month a group of us went to stay at NORD Architecture’s Living Architecture project in Dungeness; The Shingle House. NORD are a young Scottish practice with a great reputation for strong and striking buildings and this house is no different. I was asked to write a guest post for Collate’s blog on my stay there, where I go into lots of detail about the architecture and philosophy behind the home as well as what it was like to stay there. Rather than repeating that, I’ll just point you in it’s direction. You can read that post in full by clicking Two years ago the writer and philosopher, Alain de Botton set up Living Architecture. de Botton is the author of a number of books on subjects as diverse as love, travel and philosophy but it was after the publication of “The Architecture of Happiness” and the subsequent tours and talks he did, that he became convinced of a “desire to shift perceptions of modern architecture”.

From the Living Architecture website… “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” Living Architecture exists to give people the chance to holiday in exemplary examples of modern architecture, commissioning some of the finest architects in the world, in the hope the public might start to warm to the contemporary again. Last month a group of us went to stay at NORD Architecture’s Living Architecture project in Dungeness; The Shingle House. NORD are a young Scottish practice with a great reputation for strong and striking buildings and this house is no different. I was asked to write a guest post for Collate’s blog on my stay there, where I go into lots of detail about the architecture and philosophy behind the home as well as what it was like to stay there. Rather than repeating that, I’ll just point you in it’s direction. You can read that post in full by clicking here.

In the meantime, here’s a load of pictures of the property (more after clicking "Read More")…

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