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Top talents to design dozen Millennium summerhouses

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A catholic range of designers is to be invited to design compact summerhouses in the grounds of Belsay Hall in Northumberland as an eh millennium project. The project, called the 'Sitooteries' (the Scottish word for summerhouse) will consist of 12 prefabricated rectangular structures erected in the landscaped grounds of the Neo-Classical building, owned by eh. Some may even sit in the building itself, described by Pevsner as 'a totally original synthesis of Greek elements', and, by terms of the gift, kept empty of furniture.

Sixteen designers have been shortlisted, including Future Systems, Claudio Silvestrin, fashion designer Issey Miyake and Inflate, designer of inflatable furniture and household accessories. The Sitooteries will be open from April to September, 2000.

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