This house by Benthem Crouwel Architects in Almere, the Netherlands, was built in 1982-84, as part of a competition held by De Fantasie. The ten winners of the competition were awarded a plot of land for no charge on which to build a house that would remain in situ for five years. It did not have to conform to the building regulations of the time. The lightweight house by Benthem Crouwel was built using many pre-fabricated components, and was designed to be quickly and easily dismantled. Corrugated steel was used for the floor and the roof, and the walls of the living space were made from sheets of hardened glass. The house is attached to a foundation of concrete slabs and is strengthened through steel-wire tension cables. Even though it was built to be dismantled, the house, lived in by the Benthem family, still stands today.
Our directors Matt Gibberd and Albert Hill are the architecture experts for The Telegraph’s new Luxury website and magazine. Their most recent columns look at the mystery surrounding Eileen Gray’s villa E1027 and the success of architect John Pardey, leading up to him becoming an award-winning designer of one-off houses. They have also written on the return of ornamentation in contemporary architecture, the role of starchitects in retail design, the future of members’ club décor, their pick of London’s best architectural firms and the growing market for collectable modern houses.
Other specialist subjects covered by the website and magazine include art, collectables, design, restaurants and travel.
Look out for new architecture columns at the Telegraph’s new Luxury website www.telegraph.co.uk/luxury and in the bi-annual magazine.
Mole Architects is a progressive award-winning architectural practice based in Cambridge. Leaders in environmental design, Mole have extensive experience of working with low-energy strategies at all scales of building, from individual dwellings to masterplanning. Established by Meredith Bowles, the RIBA-chartered practice has a talented and dedicated team of architects with complimentary skills and aspirations. A Mole building is beautiful, engaging and fun. Our track record of exceptional architecture and design talent is displayed in our buildings and illustrated by the many accolades awarded to the practice.
Mole Architects is one of a number of entries recently added to our Directory of Architects and Designers.
The three residential housing projects on the shortlist for the 2013 Stephen Lawrence Prize are: Tanners Hill in Lewisham by Dow Jones Architects, Church Walk in Stoke Newington by David Mikhail Architects and Slip House in Brixton by Carl Turner Architects.
The RIBA Stephen Lawrence Prize is funded by the Marco Goldschmied Foundation. It is intended to reward the best examples of projects that have a construction budget of less than £1 million and encourage fresh talent working with smaller budgets.
Tanners Hill is a Grade-II listed structure that was used as a bicycle workshop before being converted into a home. Church Walk is a group of four new-build properties with a striking stepped profile and flush lime-pointed brick façade. The Slip House is a low-energy house made from a semi-industrial palette of materials.
The overall winner is due to be announced today as part of the Stirling Prize ceremony at Central St Martin’s.
In the September 2013 issue of ArtReview magazine there is a page dedicated to The Rogers House in Wimbledon, describing the house that Richard Rogers’ parents commissioned the architect to build in 1967 as a ‘modernist marvel’. The Grade II-listed building is characterised by its steel structure, glass façade and bright interior and exterior palette. It is on the market for the first time with The Modern House.
For more details of the property visit the Rogers House.
REVIEW OF THE YEAR
The Modern House has been selling Britain’s most iconic modern property for nearly a decade, and we are very pleased to be able to expose our properties to a wider audience of design-literate buyers and architecture enthusiasts than ever before. Our website attracted more than 250,000 unique visitors in the last year, and we expect that figure to rise substantially in 2013. Shown here is a small selection of the landmark sales we have achieved in the past 12 months.