MVRDV Designs First Modernist Home in UK

12 May 2010 (Last Updated May 12th, 2010 18:30)

Dutch architecture firm MVRDV has designed the first purpose-designed home, as part of philosopher Alain de Botton's Living Architecture initiative, in Suffolk, UK. It will open it in October this year. The Living Architecture initiative involves leading architects building five moder

Dutch architecture firm MVRDV has designed the first purpose-designed home, as part of philosopher Alain de Botton's Living Architecture initiative, in Suffolk, UK. It will open it in October this year.

The Living Architecture initiative involves leading architects building five modernist holiday homes across various locations in UK.

In other UK housing projects, Nord Architecture will build a tar-black house with a concrete and timber interior on the shingle beach in Dungeness, Kent.

Swiss-based minimalist Peter Zumthor's serene home of rammed concrete in south Devon and Sir Michael Hopkins's modern medieval hall on the Norfolk coast will be completed next year.

The philosopher plans to rent out the experimental buildings in an attempt to familiarise the British public with 21st-century holiday homes built with modernist architecture.

De Botton said he drew inspiration from the Landmark Trust and was working alongside various investors from the construction and property industries.

The Living Architecture initiative will see Dickon Robinson as its project chairman, while Mark Robinson will oversee design and construction of new homes in their portfolio.