I watched the original film The Italian Job (the Michael Caine classic) a few months back and once again loved the ending of the bus hanging over the cliff. So when I saw this picture of a holiday home, apparently inspired in part by the film, I immediately wanted to book it for our family holiday next year.
The Balancing Barn, currently being built near Aldeburgh in Suffolk, is one of three holiday homes currently under construction by Living Architecture. I love their idea of making it possible for ordinary people to be able to experience what it is like to live, eat and sleep in a space designed by a world-class architect. Whilst there are examples of great modern buildings in Britain, they tend to be in places that you and I only pass through (eg. airports, museums, offices), and the few truly great modern houses that exist in the UK are almost all in private hands.
Living Architecture recently won a Conde Nast Traveller Innovation and Design award, rightly in my view sitting alongside the iPad and other brilliant examples of innovation in the last year. Architecture and holiday homes have not been happy bedfellows in my experience in the UK, and it’s great to see real innovation in architecture being celebrated, but in a way which gives people access to enjoy it. And of course, I get to play Michael Caine on the coach.