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Tŷ Bywyd – Life House is awarded 5 stars by Visit Wales

Tŷ Bywyd – Life House is awarded 5 stars by Visit Wales

Ty Bywyd - Life House
Ty Bywyd - Life House

Living Architecture, the organisation transforming the UK’s architectural landscape and holiday rental market through its series of stunning modernist architect-designed houses, has launched its latest property in Llanbister, near Llandrindod Wells in mid Wales.


World-famous RIBA award-winning architect John Pawson was commissioned to design ‘Tŷ Bywyd’ (which translates as ‘Life House’), a 260square metre property located on the lower slopes of a small Welsh valley.


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. Tŷ 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.


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 with the philosopher Alain de Botton, and has been deeply influenced by Japanese design and the architecture of the Benedictine monks.


The design draws on a variety of ingredients of calm:

· a contemplation chamber buried into the hillside where one is invited to lie down in a blank cavernous zone and purify and train the mind on true essentials.
· an outside contemplation zone enabling the user to repeat the exercise with the Welsh mountains as a backdrop.
· a generous living area, large bathrooms, bedrooms, cupboards and common areas allow for both complete privacy and – when it’s desired – sociability and communion.
· a library bedroom, lined with some of the most therapeutic works of eastern and western literature.
· a music bedroom, with a suitably generous music systems and a carefully curated selection of transcendent and calming music from all ages and genres.
· a bathing bedroom which provides a room-based bathing platform in which to lie and reassess existence with the help of views onto a welsh valley.
· the house is placed at the nexus of a sequence of walks curated by the artist Hamish Fulton, so that at certain points in the retreat, you can invigorate the body in order further to soothe the mind.


The rural retreat has been constructed from over 80,000 handmade Danish bricks. The combination of light and dark-coloured bricks, pale polished concrete floors and Douglas fir timber ceilings, doors and furniture creates an atmosphere of quiet reflection, ideal for escaping the demands of modern life.


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