Varatojo House by Atelier Data is near the city of Torres Vedras, Portugal. The building, clad in copper-coloured cement and cork, is built around a sunken wildflower garden. A row of recycled railway sleepers border the property, which can slide open to reveal the ground floor, or slide shut to hide the windows and entrance. An indoor swimming pool looks straight through the house, across to the northern hills. Photography: Richard John Seymour

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Until 24 Aug 2014
Pitzhanger Manor House and Gallery, London W5















Images: Architectural drawing, Alvar Aalto Foundation; Paimio Chair (1931-2)

This exhibition brings together the work of modernist architect and designer Alvar Aalto, and contemporary Finnish photographer Ola Kolehmainen.

Pitzhanger Manor House features a collection of original house designs and plans by Aalto. There are also examples of his chairs, tables, lights and textiles, as well as glassware designed by his first wife and collaborator, Aino Aalto. Kolehmainen’s photographs, which examine repetitive patterns in architecture, are exhibited in Pitzhanger Manor Gallery – a modernist gallery built in 1939.

Alvar Aalto (1898-1976) was the most important Finnish architect of the 20th century, and a central figure in international modernism. His sculptural and highly functional furniture, produced in the 1930s, remains influential today.

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House for architects and artists, completed by AFGH in 2004, is situated at the foot of the Üetliberg mountain in Zurich, Switzerland. The building, which contains two double-storey apartments and two roof apartments, is designed so that all residents have a south-facing view and a north-facing view of the city. The house combines a concrete core, wooden structure and galvanised steel facade. Photography: Valentin Jeck

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Casa Eloro in Noto, Sicily, was renovated by Milan-based architect Gordon Guillaumier in 2008. The old structure of the Mediterranean house, made mainly from stone and concrete to keep it cool during the hottest hours of the day, is furnished with iconic mid century design pieces.

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Family House by Studio Pha, in Lety in the Czech Republic, was completed in 2011. The drainpipes and gutters of this contemporary timber house are integrated into the wall composition so that the roof meets the exterior of the house without any overhang, giving a refined, minimal aesthetic. Photography: Filip Šlapal

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This wonderful house features exposed beams and brickwork, poured concrete and oak floors, large windows and spacious, open-plan living areas. Set on the edge of the town of Eye, in ten acres of water meadows, the house is designed to celebrate the unique views and peaceful surroundings. The ground floor of the hall is a vaulted space featuring skylights and full-height glazed sliding doors, leading on to the surrounding gardens, and a Juliet balcony in the upstairs master bedroom overlooks the grounds. Nearby are the coastal havens of Southwold and Walberswick.

The house sleeps up to six people. For more information, including prices and details of how to book, visit The Modern House.

Water reservoir conversion in Kent


House in north London

Brinkworth is a London-based design consultancy working across a range of disciplines including architecture, interior and brand design. Established in 1990, the company has worked with an extensive range of clients across various industry sectors, producing a diverse and international portfolio of work. Residential works include the conversion of a vast water reservoir in Kent for the artist Dinos Chapman and his family. The raw industrial shell was transformed into a peaceful retreat with five bedrooms, a swimming pool and studio space all set within the existing concrete structure.

Brinkworth is one of a number of entries recently added to our Directory of Architects and Designers. For modern properties for sale and to let in the UK, visit The Modern House.


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