Living Architecture has invited the architect John Pawson to design Life House / Tŷ Bywyd near the small town of Llanbister, Powys in mid-Wales. The house has been designed to reflect the surrounding undulating landscape of rolling hills to create a timeless space of calm, simplicity and beauty. Carefully placed to take advantage of the distant Welsh views, the site lies on the lower slopes of a small and intimate welsh valley, remote and away from any near neighbours
Life House will have three en-suite bedrooms, individually created for the experience of music, reading and bathing, as well as two separate spaces for contemplation. The house will be finely detailed, constructed of Danish handmade bricks; black for the exterior and white for the interior, featuring a polished terrazzo floor, set against the white brick, and light timber ceilings. The footprint is a series of ‘rooms’ set along two long corridors, at right angles to one another. Each corridor leads to two separate spaces of contemplation, one semi-submerged in the ground, the other set in the wider landscape. It will be available to rent in 2015.
It is the eighth residence in the Living Architecture ‘a social enterprise set up to revolutionise both architecture and UK holiday rentals’ programme of commissions for modern architects to design houses around Britain available to rent for holidays. Five houses have been completed: The Balancing Barn, Suffolk, MVRDV; The Shingle House, Dungeness, Kent, NORD; The Dune House, Suffolk, Jarmund/Vigsnæs Architects; The Long House, Norfolk, Hopkins Architects; and Room for London, David Kohn Architects and artist Fiona Banner. The Secular Retreat on Dartmoor by Peter Zumthor, and A House for Essex by FAT and Grayson Perry are in progress.