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Minimalist Retreat by Architect John Pawson Offers Meditative Escape

It will be available to rent this July

Seeking freedom from visual clutter? Look no further than the work of British architect John Pawson, whose minimalist sensibility has found its way into hotels, private homes, and more—here in the U.S. and abroad.

For the latest installment of England's Living Architecture program, which "aims to promote, educate, and influence discussion about modern architecture in the U.K.," according to Designboom, Pawson designed the "Life House" (called Tŷ Bywyd in Welsh), which interested vacationers can book beginning Monday, July 11. It sleeps six in three en-suite bedrooms.

Nestled on a hilly plot of land in the central Welsh town of Llanbister, the Life House is—quelle surprise—being marketed as "a space for calm and reflection" and the newly released photographs make it clear that the dwelling lives up to this claim.

The largely neutral color palette of the interiors includes handmade Danish bricks, a polished terrazzo floor, and light timber ceilings. The house's timber exterior, meanwhile, is painted black.

In case you're wondering what exactly you'd do over the longterm in a home dedicated to contemplative acts, the house has some tricks up its sleeve, including a "bathing bedroom" that offers a place to "reassess existence;" a "music bedroom," complete with "transcendent calming music from all ages and genres;" and a "library bedroom," lined with "the most therapeutic books of eastern and western literature." Take your pick.

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