modernism

1960s modernism: Design Planning Associates-designed property in Ingatestone, Essex

Quite a convoluted title, but it this is a 1960s Design Planning Associates-designed modernist property in Ingatestone, Essex. This is one of a group of noted modernist properties on the Tor Bryan estate, the work of Design Planning Associates of London and a house wheel you don’t just buy into a single dwelling – you […]

1970s modernism: Bob and Tim Organ-designed property in Flax Bourton, Somerset

We saw a similar one earlier in the year. Now another 1970s Bob and Tim Organ-designed property in Flax Bourton, Somerset is on the market. The best thing about that is the research has already been done. Which makes our life a lot easier. This is one of a group of five houses in the […]

Out now: Modernist London poster book by Sarah Evans

Love the look of modernist facades? You probably want the Modernist London poster book by Sarah Evans for Christmas. Sarah Evans is the architect and designer behind Oscar Francis, using her knowledge and skill to create this poster art book featuring 22 architectural illustrations. From the National Theatre on the Southbank, to Willow Road in […]

Grade I-listed modernism: Apartment in the 1930s Berthold Lubetkin-designed Highpoint in London N6

Another chance to live in an apartment in the 1930s Berthold Lubetkin-designed Highpoint in London N6. It’s a chance many of us want too. These apartments rarely hang about on the market long, despite prices constantly rising, even for the more modest examples. Like this one. This is a two-bedroom apartment on the first floor […]

1960s modernism: John Lautner-designed Tolstoy House in Alta Loma, California, USA

An architect that needs no introduction, with the 1960s John Lautner-designed Tolstoy House in Alta Loma, California, USA thankfully largely unchanged. John Lautner finds are always popular, none more so than the Willard Whyte house in the James Bond movie Diamonds Are Forever. This isn’t quite to that level, but it is rather special. The […]

In need of renovation: Tioga 1960s modernist property in Keston, near Bromley, Kent

It doesn’t look good for the Tioga 1960s modernist property in Keston, near Bromley, Kent. Hopefully someone can save it. Thanks to Faye for tipping us off about this one, which dates back to the 1960s and presumably had a ‘name’ architect behind it. Sadly, we can’t find that name. Let us know if you […]

1960s modernism: Grade II-listed Cockaigne Housing Group property in Hatfield, Hertfordshire

These are always highly popular, so make sure you check out this 1960s grade II-listed Cockaigne Housing Group property in Hatfield, Hertfordshire before it gets snapped up. This one is even more special, as it is only the second time it has been on the market. The last time was 1968. Like all the others, […]

1950s modernist living: Mies van der Rohe-designed townhouse in Detroit, Michigan, USA

We have featured a few of these in the past, but this 1950s Mies van der Rohe-designed modernist townhouse in Detroit, Michigan, USA is perhaps the most original we have seen. Dating back to 1959, this is one of a number of similarly-styled properties designed by the master architect and until a few years ago, […]

1950s modernism: Donald and Helen Olsen House in Berkeley, California, USA

First time on the market for the Donald and Helen Olsen House in Berkeley, California, USA. That’s quite something too considering the house dates back to 1955. It’s actually the architect’s own home too, as well as a property on the National Register of Historic Places. So quite a pedigree. Has it changed? Well, yes […]

1960s modernism: Empson Hill property in Kendal, Cumbria

Thanks to Peter for pointing us in the direction of this 1960s modernist property in Kendal, Cumbria. Known as Empson Hill, this is a 1960s build that looks largely unchanged in 50 or so years. Of course, that’s not the only appeal. This is a substantial property in Kendal, which is not far from the […]

Le Corbusier: The Complete Buildings by Cemal Emden

This actually popped up last month, but I only spotted Le Corbusier: The Complete Buildings by Cemal Emden this week. Glad I did, as it really does sound like a winner. Here’s the background. In 2010, photographer Cemal Emden decided to document every building designed by Le Corbusier. It took him through three continents, taking […]

Coastal modernism: Six-bedroom property at Cooden Beach, Bexhill, East Sussex

You might have a little surprise if you pick up this six-bedroom modernist property at Cooden Beach, Bexhill, East Sussex. That’s because it has a celebrity owner. The seller is chat show and radio host Graham Norton, who has decided to give up this wonderful beachfront house around eight years after purchasing it. Why? Who […]

1960s modernism: Patrick O’Keefe-designed property in Langley, Kent

This is interesting, not least because this 1960s Patrick O’Keefe-designed modernist property in Langley, Kent was on this site when last up for sale some years back. We are actually going back to 2012 in regard to that last sale, which gives us an option to compare and contrast. Unfortunately, back then, we only used […]

Grand Design for sale: Five-bedroom modernist property in Colgate, near Horsham, West Sussex

I’m guessing a number of fans of the Grand Designs show will remember this five-bedroom modernist property in Colgate, near Horsham, West Sussex. It’s a notable house for many reasons, but the main one is the size of this place. This was (and perhaps still is) the biggest house ever constructed on the show when […]

1970s modernism: Three-bedroom property in Barming, Kent

This 1970s modernist property in Barming, Kent was designed by the current owners and as you might expect, has changed little. To be honest, it doesn’t jump out at you in terms of the exterior. At least, compared to some we have featured. But the interior is an absolute dream. If you love the 1970s […]

1950s modernism: Apartment in the Stirling & Gowan-designed Langham House Close, Richmond, Surrey

We did feature one of these last month. But this apartment in the Stirling & Gowan-designed Langham House Close, Richmond, Surrey is a slightly different proposition. The one we featured last time out had been renovated to a very high standards, but a number of original features had been lost in the changeover. This one […]

1960s modernism: Austin Vernon & Partners-designed townhouse in Giles Coppice, London SE19

Always a popular area, so this 1960s Austin Vernon & Partners-designed modernist townhouse in Giles Coppice, London SE19 should prove a popular find. The house was the work of Malcolm Pringle, then of Austin Vernon & Partners, dating back to the mid-1960s. It’s a house very much of its era, but at the same time, […]

1960s modernism: Renaat Braem-designed property in Ranst, Antwerp, Belgium

Now this is striking. Thankfully the inside is just as cool as the outside of this Renaat Braem-designed property in Ranst, Antwerp, Belgium. Obviously I’m wondering where to start with this one, but I’ll kick off with curves. Yes, the roof of course, but also the walls of the house and the balcony areas too. […]

1960s modernism: Split-level property in Playford, Suffolk

No architect attached to this, but someone has done a good job renovating this 1960s split-level modernist property in Playford, Suffolk. It is described as an ‘extended individual detached bungalow’, one of five similar houses and a house that has been updated without taking away the original character of the place. So cedar cladding, a […]

1980s modernism: Pierre Koenig-designed Koenig House 2 in Brentwood, Los Angeles, California, USA

A superstar architect’s house is on the market for the first time. That’s the Pierre Koenig-designed Koenig House 2 in Brentwood, Los Angeles, California, USA. Koenig was, of course, was one of giants of midcentury modern design, inclusding the iconic 1950s Case Study House #21, which we featured last year. If you thought that was […]

1960s modernism: Jesper Lund-designed property in Hillerod, Denmark

We are starting the week off with this 1960s Jesper Lund-designed modernist  property in Hillerod, Denmark. I’m not sure we’ll better it either. The work of Jesper Lund (for himself) back in 1969, this is wonderfully preserved property both inside and out. That’s obviously down to the owners, who have worked with the layout and […]

1960s modernism: Roy Lancaster-designed property in Chislehurst, Kent

The agent doesn’t mention it, but we are pretty sure this is a 1960s Roy Lancaster-designed modernist property in Chislehurst, Kent. Thanks to Kirsten for flagging it up. We think this is the partner to another house we featured last year, one of two properties built together  and designed by Lancaster in the late 1960s. […]

1950s modernism: Dean Gustavson-designed property in Holladay, Utah, USA

The ‘glass box’ is always popular. So this 1950s Dean Gustavson-designed modernist property in Holladay, Utah, USA should have plenty of admirers. According to the agent, this one has only been on the market once since it was constructed back in 1957. Inspired by the work of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Philip Johnson, […]

1970s modernism: Dominic Michaelis-designed property in Wotton Underwood, near Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire

Huge thanks to Matt for spotting this 1970s Dominic Michaelis-designed modernist property in Wotton Underwood, near Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. This steel-framed house dated back to 1971 and according to the agent, was once the cover star of Ideal Homes magazine. Look up back issues in 1977 if you want to find the feature. Has it changed […]

1980s modernism: Edward Greenway-designed modernist property in Hampstead, London NW3

Thanks to Connor for pointing out that this 1980s Edward Greenway-designed modernist property in Hampstead, London NW3 is now on the market. Quite an interesting recent past too. The house can be found near the remains of the historic and grade II-listed Hampstead parish jail and might well have been demolished a couple of years […]

1930s grade II-listed modernism: Amyas Connell and Basil Ward-designed Third Sunhouse in Amersham, Buckinghamshire

Quite a title. Quite a house. The 1930s Amyas Connell and Basil Ward-designed Third Sunhouse in Amersham, Buckinghamshire is now on the market. Yes, another of the marvellous Sun House properties is up for sale. See our archive for most of the others (and the wonderful High and Over) too. But right now we will […]

1930s modernism: Studio apartment in the 1930s Wells Coates-designed Isokon Building, London NW3

We don’t see many of these come up, so make sure you book a viewing to see this studio apartment in the 1930s Wells Coates-designed Isokon Building, London NW3. In fact, we have only featured one example before, a one-bedroom apartment back in 2014. Which perhaps suggests people move in, then rarely move out. If […]

1950s modernism: Stirling & Gowan-designed apartment in Langham House Close, Richmond, Surrey

Love this place. If you do too there is a 1950s Stirling & Gowan-designed apartment in Langham House Close, Richmond, Surrey on the market right now. A nice example too. As you might know, this Ham Common block dates from the late 1950s, with Grade II*-listed status given to the apartments more recently. It has […]