A new organization commissions modern architects to build vacation rentals that afford vacationers the opportunity to live with modern architecture.

Acclaimed Swiss author Alain de Botton is known, as a recent New Yorker article notes, for his “attempt to bring serious ideas to a mainstream audience.” Though this attempt is usually carried out via the printed word, de Botton has recently expanded his reach, co-founding and taking the helm as Creative Director of a new non-profit called Living Architecture.

Commissioning renowned modern architects to build vacation rentals along the English countryside, Living Architecture has set out to revolutionize both architecture and UK holiday rentals. The structures are far from the prim cottages that come to mind when one thinks of a Suffolk vacation:

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