The Life House

The Life House was designed by British architect John Pawson, widely known for his minimalist style. Located in a Welsh valley, the house is a place of silence and contemplation, inspired by both Japanese architecture and Benedictine monasteries. Clad in dark bricks the house looks like a collection of buildings from outside but is in fact a composition of rooms opening off an L-shaped corridor. The halves of the hallway are designed in opposing styles and play with contrasts of light and dark, open and closed. The dark corridor ends in the contemplation room half buried in the hill, illuminated only by a skylight, where two stone benches invite you to an inner retreat. The counterpart to this is the outer contemplation room, which is reached via a glass door at the end of the bright corridor. At the center of the corridor there is the living room, which, like the bedrooms has walls of light grey brick, terrazzo floors and light Douglas fir ceilings and furniture. The three bedrooms are each dedicated to a different activity (reading, listening to music, bathing) and respectively feature a library, an extensive music collection, and a bathtub with a view of the countryside.

What to do

walking, cycling, horse riding, golf, fishing and sightseeing in the area.

Why we like this house

The Life House combines asceticism and luxury: minimalist perfection.

This house is great for

All those seeking peace and tranquility - this is the right place for you.


Region/Town UK – United Kingdom, Wales, Llandrindod Wells, Llanbister
Name The Life House
Scenery Set in a peaceful Welsh valley
Number of guests 1-6
Completed 2016
Design John Pawson (architect), London
Published The Times 08/2016
Special Features The house was built for the organisation Living Architecture. Living Architecture offers to rent houses for a holiday designed by some of the most talented architects at work today, and set in some of the most stunning locations in Britain.
Architecture Modern
Accomodation House
Criteria 1-2 (house/apartment), 1-4 (house/apartment), 1-6 (house/apartment), Garden, Golf, Hiking
Same PartnersSecular Retreat, The Long House, The Dune House, The Shingle House, The Balancing Barn
Same ArchitectNeuendorf House

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