Modernist

Cook’s Camden: The Making of Modern Housing by Mark Swenarton

If you appreciated the last property we featured, you are probably the target audience for the upcoming Cook’s Camden: The Making of Modern Housing by Mark Swenarton. Why Cook? Well, Sydney Cook was borough architect in Camden and a man who oversaw some of the most notable and influential social housing schemes of the 20th […]

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 […]

Span House: 1960s Eric Lyons-designed property in New Ash Green, Kent

We haven’t featured a Span House for a while, so this 1960s Eric Lyons-designed property in New Ash Green, Kent is a welcome addition to the market. It sits on the Punch Green Estate, which is in the village of New Ash Green in Kent, dating from around 1968. The property is a ‘K’ your […]

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 […]

In need of renovation: 1960s Arthur Quarmby-designed modernist property in Holmfirth, West Yorkshire

This 1960s Arthur Quarmby-designed modernist property in Holmfirth, West Yorkshire really does scream potential. A couple of familiar names too. Holmfirth is, of course, the location for the long-running TV series Last Of The Summer Wine, while Arthur Quarmby is well known to regular readers of this site. His most famous creation is the underground […]

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 […]

Out now: Modernist Belgrade Map by Blue Crow Media

It’s the series that keeps on growing. The latest addition is the Modernist Belgrade Map by Blue Crow Media. You know the rail now, this is a wonderful fold-out map showcasing the best modernist buildings in a particular location, in this case Belgrade. Edited by local architect and researcher Ljubica Slavkovica and with photographs by […]

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. […]

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum now available as a Lego set

We love the Lego Architecture series. Primarily because it produces things like this Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Lego set. A landmark of 20th century architecture, this cylindrical Frank Lloyd Wright building dates back to 1959 and this set pretty much captures all of the details that made this so famous. So the Guggenheim’s modernist facade […]

Circular modernism: 1970s Don Price-designed property in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA

Always amazed that people design houses like this. But at the same time, I’m glad things like this 1970s Don Price-designed modernist property in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA do exist. This one is all about the curves. Dating back to 1970, the house has been updated, but there is only so far you can go […]

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 […]