Zumthor's first UK building completes

Secular Retreat by Peter Zumthor and Mole Architects for Living Architecture

Devon holiday home is final house in series commissioned by Alain de Botton

Peter Zumthor’s first permanent building in the UK is nearing completion.

The Swiss architect’s Secular Retreat holiday home in Devon will be finished before the end of the year, client Living Architecture said.

The hilltop house above the hamlet of Chivelstone is the seventh commission from the firm set up by philosopher Alain de Botton who wrote The Architecture of Happiness. It was designed with Mole Architects.

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