modernism

1970s brutalism: Neave Brown-designed brutalist apartment in Rowley Way, London NW8

This is one you will love or hate. Read on if it’s the former for this 1970s Neave Brown-designed brutalist apartment in Rowley Way, London NW8. You probably know all about this development. The Alexandra & Ainsworth Estate in St John’s Wood is a grade II*-listed development, dating back to the mid-1970s, part of the […]

1960s modernism: Apartment in the Michael Lyell Associates-designed Oak Hill Park, Hampstead Village, London NW3

We have featured houses here in the past, but this apartment in the Michael Lyell Associates-designed Oak Hill Park, Hampstead Village, London NW3 is a first. The development itself dates from the early 1960s, replacing some existing Victorian villas and in a rather pleasant setting. In fact, residents get access to the extensive communal gardens […]

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

Another opportunity to pick up a 1950s Mies van der Rohe-designed modernist townhouse in Detroit, Michigan, USA. A lot to talk about here, but the asking price certainly jumps out at us. Yes, much cheaper than UK prices, but compared to others we have featured in the past, this one suggests prices are definitely on […]

1950s modernism: A. James Speyer-designed property in Highland Park, Illinois, USA

The architect is perhaps best known for one house in particular. It isn’t this A. James Speyer-designed modernist property in Highland Park, Illinois, USA. That more famous house is, of course, the Ferris Bueller house, a property made famous by the cult John Hughes movie if the mid-1980s. This one isn’t a million miles away […]

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 […]