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Steinsdalsfossen Waterfall / JVA

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  • Architects: JVA
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  110
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2014

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

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 / MVRDVLife House / John Pawson . Image © Gilbert McCarragherA House for Essex / FAT & Grayson Perry. Image © Gilbert McCarragherSecular Retreat / Peter Zumthor. Image Courtesy of Peter Zumthor, Living Architecture+ 31

Sykepleierskolen The Nursing School / JVA

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  • Architects: JVA
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  5800
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017

Rust House / Jarmund / Vigsnæs Architects

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Oslo, Norway
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  198
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2016
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Cembrit, Velfac, Amkel, Castor AS

Outside In House / Jarmund / Vigsnæs Architects

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Villa Tussefaret / Lie Øyen Arkitekter

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Drøbak, Norway
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  60
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2014

Paleet Shopping Center / JVA

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  • Architects: JVA
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  10100 Area:  10100
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2014 Year:  2014

Log House / JVA

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Oppdal, Norway
  • Architects: JVA
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  302 Area:  302
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2012 Year:  2012

The Aluminum Cabin / JVA

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  • Architects: JVA
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  90
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2013
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Focus

Split House / JVA

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Asker, Norway
  • Architects: JVA
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  360 Area:  360
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2013 Year:  2013

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

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

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Myrkdalen, Norway
  • Architects: JVA
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  7600 Area:  7600
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2012 Year:  2012

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Sørenga 3 / JVA

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  • Architects: JVA
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  14500 Area:  14500
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2012 Year:  2012

Bøler church / Hansen-Bjørndal Arkitekter AS

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Gullesfjord Weight Control Station / JVA

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  • Architects: JVA
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2011

Tonstad School And Publich Bath / Filter Arkitekter

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Tonstad, Norway
  • Architects: Filter Arkitekter
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  6690
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2011
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: EQUITONE, Troldtekt

Dune House / JVA

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  • Architects: JVA
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  250
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2010
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Fineline Aluminium