The latest holiday home for Alain de Botton’s Living Architecture project sits well with the maverick whimsy of this Suffolk seaside village
The British coast, more than any other part of the land, fosters a particular kind of architectural madness. Whether it is due to the sense of unbidden freedom that comes with being far from inland reality, or something in the salty breeze, the seaside has always reigned as an unparalleled sponsor of whimsy. And there is perhaps nowhere more potty than Thorpeness in Suffolk.
Built in the 1920s by Scottish barrister-turned railway magnate, Glencairn Stuart Ogilvie, Thorpeness was the world’s first model holiday village. It was to be a place of fairytale fancy, “for people who want to experience life as it was when England was Merrie England, where the hours could be whiled away in an effortless haze”...
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Originally published in BD, 16 March 2011