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Cynical Optimism Links the Homes of Alain de Botton's Living Architecture Series

09:30 - 13 November, 2018
Dune House / JVA. Image © Nils Petter Dale
Dune House / JVA. Image © Nils Petter Dale

Alain de Botton’s Living Architecture project - a joyful, democratically-minded concept to share quality architecture in the UK - was borne out of personal crisis. The Swiss-born philosopher and author gained fame in both popular and architectural circles following the release of his book, "The Architecture of Happiness."

The book was immediately successful (movie buffs may recall its brief cameo in the 2009 film 500 Days of Summer), but the response unsettled Botton. “...However pleasing it is two write a book about an issue one feels passionately about," he explained to Assemble Papers, "the truth is that - a few exceptions aside - books don’t change anything. I realized that if I cared so much about architecture, writing was a coward’s way out; the real challenge was to build.”

© Edmund Sumner. ImageBalancing Barn / MVRDV Life House / John Pawson . Image © Gilbert McCarragher A House for Essex / FAT & Grayson Perry. Image © Gilbert McCarragher Secular Retreat / Peter Zumthor. Image Courtesy of Peter Zumthor, Living Architecture + 31

House Plans Under 100 Square Meters: 30 Useful Examples

05:00 - 25 April, 2018
House Plans Under 100 Square Meters: 30 Useful Examples, © ArchDaily
© ArchDaily

The challenge of designing a house with a tight budget and space constraints, together with the essential duty of responding correctly to the requirements of the user, is sometimes one of the most challenging and motivating tasks an architect can face. How can you take advantage of space most effectively? How can you avoid wasted material? How do you anticipate the possible future expansion of the house? And how do you develop a simple design that also delivers value to its inhabitants?

To help you in this process, we scoured our projects archives to select 30 houses that provide interesting architectural solutions despite measuring less than 100 square meters.

Sykepleierskolen The Nursing School / JVA

09:00 - 9 March, 2018
Sykepleierskolen The Nursing School / JVA, © Paul Paiewonsky
© Paul Paiewonsky

© Paul Paiewonsky © Paul Paiewonsky © Nils Petter Dale © Paul Paiewonsky + 33

Rust House / Jarmund / Vigsnæs Architects

10:00 - 23 December, 2017
Rust House / Jarmund / Vigsnæs Architects, © Nils Petter Dale
© Nils Petter Dale

© Nils Petter Dale © Nils Petter Dale © Nils Petter Dale © Nils Petter Dale + 17

Outside In House / Jarmund / Vigsnæs Architects

02:00 - 21 December, 2017
Outside In House / Jarmund / Vigsnæs Architects, © Nils Petter Dale
© Nils Petter Dale

© Nils Petter Dale © Nils Petter Dale © Nils Petter Dale © Nils Petter Dale + 20

Villa Tussefaret / Lie Øyen Arkitekter

02:00 - 12 April, 2016
Villa Tussefaret  / Lie Øyen Arkitekter, © Fin Serck-Hanssen
© Fin Serck-Hanssen

© Fin Serck-Hanssen © Nils Petter Dale © Nils Petter Dale © Fin Serck-Hanssen + 23

  • Architects

    Lie Øyen arkitekter as
  • Location

    Drøbak, Norway
  • Category

  • Project leader

    Kristoffer Øyen
  • Area

    60.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Paleet Shopping Center / JVA

02:00 - 19 December, 2015
Paleet Shopping Center / JVA, © Nils Petter Dale
© Nils Petter Dale

© Nils Petter Dale © Einar Aslaksen © Nils Petter Dale © Einar Aslaksen + 31

Log House / JVA

02:00 - 17 December, 2015
Log House / JVA, © Nils Petter Dale
© Nils Petter Dale

© Nils Petter Dale © Nils Petter Dale © Nils Petter Dale © Nils Petter Dale + 38

  • Architects

    JVA
  • Location

    Oppdal, Norway
  • Category

  • Primary architects

    Einar Jarmund, Håkon Vigsnæs, Alessandra Kosberg, Nikolaj Zamecznik, Claes Cho Heske Ekornaas
  • Area

    302.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Steinsdalsfossen Waterfall / JVA

02:00 - 15 December, 2015
Steinsdalsfossen Waterfall / JVA, © Nils Petter Dale
© Nils Petter Dale

© Jiri Havran © Nils Petter Dale © Nils Petter Dale © Nils Petter Dale + 23

  • Architects

    JVA
  • Location

    Hardangervegen, Bergen, Norway
  • Category

  • Area

    110.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

The Aluminum Cabin / JVA

01:00 - 9 April, 2014
The Aluminum Cabin / JVA, © Nils Petter Dale
© Nils Petter Dale

© Nils Petter Dale © Nils Petter Dale © Nils Petter Dale © Nils Petter Dale + 29

  • Architects

    JVA
  • Location

    Norway
  • Category

  • Primary Architects

    Einar Jarmund, Håkon Vigsnæs,Alessandra Kosberg, Ane Sønderaal Tolfsen
  • Area

    90.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Split House / JVA

01:00 - 3 April, 2014
Split House / JVA, © Nils Petter Dale
© Nils Petter Dale

© Nils Petter Dale © Nils Petter Dale © Nils Petter Dale © Nils Petter Dale + 23

  • Architects

    JVA
  • Location

    Asker, Norway
  • Category

  • Primary Architects

    Einar Jarmund, Håkon Vigsnæs, Alessandra Kosberg, Stian Schjelderup, Claes Cho Heske Ekornås
  • Area

    360.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Interview with Alain de Botton, Author of "The Architecture of Happiness"

00:00 - 8 September, 2013
Interview with Alain de Botton, Author of "The Architecture of Happiness",  Dune House / JVA. One of the "Living Architecture" Homes. Image © Nils Petter Dale
Dune House / JVA. One of the "Living Architecture" Homes. Image © Nils Petter Dale

Better known for his books and television documentaries, which address the importance of philosophy in our daily lives, Alain de Botton is founder of “Living Architecture,” a company which rents holiday homes designed by renowned architectural practices like: MVRDV, NORD, Jarmund/Vigsnaes, David Kohn Architects and Peter Zumthor. It was while writing the book “The Architecture of Happiness” that the Swiss/British philosopher had this idea. He has also been designated honorary fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, in acknowledgement of his services to architecture.

Hugo Oliveira: Architects like Alison and Peter Smithson believed that they could transform people’s lives for the better through architecture. Is this sort of innocence important?

Alain de Botton: The Smithson’s ambition is terrific. The problem is that architects can’t change the world until they become developers. At the moment, the best of our architects are merely hired jesters designed to enliven the egos and bank balances of large property developers.

Myrkdalen Hotel / JVA

01:00 - 15 May, 2013
© Nils Petter Dale
© Nils Petter Dale
  • Architects

    JVA
  • Location

    Myrkdalen, Norway
  • Category

  • Primary architects

    Einar Jarmund, Håkon Vigsnæs, Alessandra Kosberg, Nils Røsvik, Tuva Salomonsen Hansen, Anna Zeuthen Andersen
  • Consultants

    Seim & Hultgreen AS, Sweco Norge AS, Oras Bergen AS, Bravida Norge AS, Vangen Elektriske AS, Vestlandske Limtreindustri AS
  • Area

    7600.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Nils Petter Dale © Nils Petter Dale © Nils Petter Dale © Nils Petter Dale + 18

Sørenga 3 / JVA

01:00 - 15 April, 2013
Sørenga 3 / JVA, © Nils Petter Dale
© Nils Petter Dale

© Nils Petter Dale © Nils Petter Dale © Knut Bry © Knut Bry + 18

  • Architects

    JVA
  • Location

    Sørenga, Oslo, Norway
  • Category

  • Primary Architects

    Einar Jarmund, Håkon Vigsnæs, Alessandra Kosberg, Anders Granli, Kazuhiko Yamada, Claes Cho Heske Ekornås, Jeanette Alvestad
  • Collaborating Architects

    4B Arkitekter AS, Context AS
  • Client

    Sørenga Utvikling AS
  • Area

    14500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Bøler church / Hansen-Bjørndal Arkitekter AS

00:00 - 27 June, 2012
Bøler church / Hansen-Bjørndal Arkitekter AS, © Nils Petter Dale
© Nils Petter Dale

© Laila Meyrick © Laila Meyrick © Nils Petter Dale © Laila Meyrick + 25

  • Architects

  • Location

    General Ruges Vei 51, 0691 Oslo, Norway
  • Category

  • Architects in Charge

    Jostein Bjørndal, Ellen Soma, Helge Hansen, Erik Andreassen
  • Design Team

    Anders Langhelle, Liv Schulze
  • Student of arch

    Anders Eidstuen
  • Furniture design

    Lars Ernst, Hansen/Bjørndal
  • Art

    Thomas Hestvold, Barbro Raen Thomassen
  • Area

    3231.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

Gullesfjord Weight Control Station / JVA

00:00 - 11 June, 2012
Gullesfjord Weight Control Station / JVA, © Håkon Aurlien
© Håkon Aurlien

© Håkon Aurlien © Håkon Aurlien © Håkon Aurlien © Håkon Aurlien + 20

  • Architects

    JVA - Vigsnaes AS Architects MNAL
  • Location

    Gullesfjord, Troms, Norway
  • Category

  • Design Team

    Einar Jarmund, Håkon Vigsnæs, Alessandra Kosberg, Stian Schjelderup, Kazuhiko Yamada
  • Consultants

    AS Frederiksen, Union Consult BORO VVS og Miljø AS, Malnes og Endresen AS.
  • Client

    Statens Vegvesen, region Nord v/Frits Karlsen
  • Size

    308 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

Tonstad School And Publich Bath / Filter Arkitekter

01:00 - 2 May, 2012
Tonstad School And Publich Bath / Filter Arkitekter, © Nils Petter Dale
© Nils Petter Dale

© Nils Petter Dale © Nils Petter Dale © Nils Petter Dale © Nils Petter Dale + 28

  • Architects

  • Location

    Tonstad,Sirdal, Norway
  • Category

  • Collaborator

    Richard Engelbrektsonmnal
  • Landscape Architect

    Bar Bakke as
  • Artist

    Christian Sunde
  • Client

    SirdalKommune
  • Contractor

    Br. Reme as
  • Area

    6690.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

Dune House / JVA

01:00 - 17 October, 2011
Dune House / JVA, © Nils Petter Dale
© Nils Petter Dale

© Nils Petter Dale © Nils Petter Dale © Nils Petter Dale © Nils Petter Dale + 36

  • Architects

    Jarmund / Vigsnæs AS Arkitekter MNAL / Einar Jarmund, Håkon Vigsnæs, Alessandra Kosberg, Anders Granli
  • Location

    United Kingdom
  • Category

  • Collaborating Architect

    Mole Architects Ltd.
  • Client

    Living Architecture
  • Area

    250.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs