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Photographs © Gilbert McCarragher Drawings © John Pawson
Dedicated to the promotion and enjoyment of world-class modern architecture , Living Architecture commissions renowned architects to design houses that are made available to rent by the public for holidays and weekends . Tˆy Bywyd is its seventh property , and first in Wales .
The design of the house , which sleeps six people , is based upon the concept of a retreat where serenity , contemplation and restoration are foremost ; a place where a week-long retreat will immerse the visitor in a zone of extreme calm and leaving them revived and re-invigorated to resume their responsibilities in the world .
Architect John Pawson , who designed Tˆy Bywyd , said : “ It has been a pleasure to work with the Living Architecture team on a totally new type of project for me . In this house I wanted to create a modern , secular retreat , where guests can experience the benefits of introspection , solitude and immersion in nature .
“ The location is wonderfully remote and I wanted to create a sanctuary where people feel at home , but never insulated from the elemental character of the surrounding landscape .”
The building where the retreat unfolds is both simple yet luxurious . It is the result of five years of work by the architect and writer John Pawson , working in conjunction

“ Chiefly , the risk is that we will forget to make time for ourselves , and omit to understand our own minds ”

with the philosopher Alain de Botton , and has been deeply influenced by Japanese design and the architecture of the Benedictine monks .
Creative Director of Living Architecture Alain De Botton said : “ With Life House ( Tˆy Bywyd ),
we were looking to reinvent the monastery for a secular modern age ; based upon the concept of a retreat ; to take us back to the earliest days of Buddhism in the East , and of Stoic philosophy in the West . In both cases , the busy city was held to provide certain opportunities while at the same time , cutting us off from others . Chiefly , the risk is that we will forget to make time for ourselves , and omit to understand our own minds – and our need for calm and perspective .”
Rental prices for Tˆy Bywyd will start from £ 3200 per week .
Booking enquiries can be made at www . living-architecture . co . uk
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Photographs © Gilbert McCarragher Drawings © John Pawson Dedicated to the promotion and enjoyment of world-class modern architecture, Living Architecture commissions renowned architects to design houses that are made available to rent by the public for holidays and weekends. Tˆy Bywyd is its seventh property, and first in Wales. The design of the house, which sleeps six people, is based upon the concept of a retreat where serenity, contemplation and restoration are foremost; a place where a week-long retreat will immerse the visitor in a zone of extreme calm and leaving them revived and re-invigorated to resume their responsibilities in the world. Architect John Pawson, who designed Tˆy Bywyd, said: “It has been a pleasure to work with the Living Architecture team on a totally new type of project for me. In this house I wanted to create a modern, secular retreat, where guests can experience the benefits of introspection, solitude and immersion in nature. “The location is wonderfully remote and I wanted to create a sanctuary where people feel at home, but never insulated from the elemental character of the surrounding landscape.” The building where the retreat unfolds is both simple yet luxurious. It is the result of five years of work by the architect and writer John Pawson, working in conjunction 26 EXPLORER WALES // STAY “Chiefly, the risk is that we will forget to make time for ourselves, and omit to understand our own minds” with the philosopher Alain de Botton, and has been deeply influenced by Japanese design and the architecture of the Benedictine monks. Creative Director of Living Architecture Alain De Botton said: “With Life House (Tˆy Bywyd), we were looking to reinvent the monastery for a secular modern age; based upon the concept of a retreat; to take us back to the earliest days of Buddhism in the East, and of Stoic philosophy in the West. In both cases, the busy city was held to provide certain opportunities while at the same time, cutting us off from others. Chiefly, the risk is that we will forget to make time for ourselves, and omit to understand our own minds – and our need for calm and perspective.” Rental prices for Tˆy Bywyd will start from £3200 per week. Booking enquiries can be made at www.living-architecture.co Z‚