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This year’s Open House London will focus on emerging practices and female architects. The event, which takes place on the weekend of 20-21st September, will see rarely accessible private houses opened up for the public. Last year, tours took place in iconic modern residential buildings such as Highpoint and Trellick Tower, and award-winning new-builds including Church Walk. For information on how to enter a building into the event, visit Open House London.

For modern properties for sale and to let in the UK, visit The Modern House.

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Attitudes towards energy-efficient homes are changing, it has emerged, with people placing greater value on energy ratings.

Research shows that houses with high ratings for energy performance sell more quickly than they did in 2010, The Sunday Telegraph reports.

Slip House by Carl Turner, currently on the market with The Modern House, has achieved a rare 5 rating in The Code for Sustainable Homes and a remarkable A rating on its Energy Performance Certificate.

Its credentials are achieved through features such as triple glazing, PV-T panels (generating both hot water and heating) and wildflower roofs.

Paddock House, also currently on the market with The Modern House , has built-in eco technologies including a carbon-negative solid timber-panel superstructure, sedum roof, photovoltaic panels, solar panels that generate up to 60% of the hot-water requirement, and a heat-recovery ventilation system.

For modern properties for sale and to let in the UK, visit The Modern House.

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Peabody have selected six architectural practices for their Small Projects Panel, to work with them on developing smaller housing schemes across London over the next four years.

The six practices on the panel are Adam Khan Architects, Lyndon Goode Architects, Jan Kattein Architects, Pitman Tozer Architects, Urban Salon and Studio 54 Architecture.

Denizen Works and David Kohn Architects were highly commended for excellent submissions.

For modern properties for sale and to let in the UK, visit The Modern House.








High Cross House on the Dartington Hall estate in Devon has closed to the public.

The Grade II* listed Modernist house was designed in 1932 by the renowned architect William Lescaze, and restored by John Winter in 1995. In March 2012 it was taken on by The National Trust and opened to the public. Now the Trust has decided to close it, reporting viewing figures to be too low. The National Trust also manages Erno Goldfinger’s Willow Road home in Hampstead and the Homewood in Esher, Surrey, designed in 1938 by Patrick Gwynne.

For modern properties for sale and to let in the UK, visit The Modern House.




Charlotte Perriand’s ‘La Maison au Bord de l’Eau’ (‘House on the Water) has been built for the first time, with the help of Louis Vuitton. It is on show until December 8th as part of this year’s Design Miami.

Perriand designed the house in 1934 as a low-cost, high-design, pre-fabricated holiday home for the mass market. It received second prize in an architecture magazine contest but was never commissioned. The plans for the house were recently uncovered by the Louis Vuitton team, when they were granted access to Perriand’s archives for inspiration in designing the label’s Spring/Summer collection.

The house was made outside Milan and shipped to Miami, using hardwood and glass set on a stainless-steel frame with aluminium detail. It is on display, and for sale, at the Raleigh Hotel in South Beach.

Charlotte Perriand, one of the few female architects of her day, was a pivotal force in defining modern design, working alongside Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret.

For modern properties for sale and to let in the UK, visit The Modern House.

Plan Frank Lloyd Wright’s original design for the house

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Planning permission is being sought for a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house to be built at a site near Bristol.

The designs were originally made in 1947 by the renowned 20th-century American architect for a house on a plot in Santa Barbara, California. They have been bought in line with contemporary building regulations by Bath-based architect, Stephen Brooks, with permission from the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, which protects the architect’s trademark.

The proposals are for a low-hung, steel-framed, eco-friendly house, overlooking a fishing lake. The commissioner of the project, Dr Hugh Pratt, local parish councillor and Frank Lloyd Wright enthusiast, proposes that the house will be open to the public on completion.



The Howard House, a modern steel-framed house in Kent by architect Michael Manser, has been listed as a Grade-II* building by the National Heritage List for England.

The house was built in 1969-70 by Michael Manser, working with the engineer Jack Dawson. The client was John Howard, an MP and Personal Private Secretary to Sir Edward Heath. Built on an elevated piece of land, the house has an exposed metal frame, bronze-tinted glass walls and a flat timber roof.

Michael Manser explored the possibilities of steel-frame construction for domestic architecture in the 1960s and 1970s, a technique pioneered by Mies van der Rohe. He is a past president of the RIBA, where he advocated Modernist architectural principles, and chairman of The Manser Practice.

Nearly 700 buildings have been added to the National Heritage List for England since post-war listing started 25 years ago. Just 5.5% of them are Grade-II*.

The Modern House sold the Mancett House in Wiltshire by Michael Manser, a large single-storey steel and glass house inspired by the Howard House.

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The RIBA Stirling Prize 2013 for the best new building of the year has gone to Astley Castle in Warwickshire, by Witherford Watson Mann Architects.

Astley Castle is a modern holiday home inserted into the walls of an ancient moated castle. The 12th-century fortified manor had been a ruin since a fire gutted it in 1978 and was on the Heritage at Risk Register. The architects stabilised the ruin to create an original and contemporary new house.

RIBA President Stephen Hodder said: “Astley Castle is an exceptional example of how modern architecture can revive an ancient monument. It is significant because rather than a conventional restoration project, the architects have designed an incredibly powerful contemporary house which is expertly and intricately intertwined with 800 years of history.”

You can read more about the RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist here.

Other winners announced last night include Carl Turner Architects who won the RIBA Manser Medal for the best new private home for The Slip House in Brixton, which was also shortlisted for the Stephen Lawrence Prize. The Stephen Lawrence Prize this year went to AY architects for their Camden project, Montpelier Community Nursery.

In addition, Wilkinson Eyre Architects won the RIBA Lubetkin Prize for the most outstanding work of international architecture outside the EU by a member of the RIBA, for Cool Conservatories, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore.

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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.

One of the houses within the Church Walk development was recently let through The Modern House.


Warren House, Highgate

Warren House, Highgate

Last week the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors revealed their latest data which shows house prices are rising at their fastest rate since November 2006, before prices peaked in the summer of 2007. The number of people enquiring about buying also hit a four-year high last month, with activity increasing fastest in the Midlands and North-East. Since then, with the new governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney promising to keep the cost of borrowing at 0.5% until unemployment falls below 7% (unlikely to be reached until 2016), commentators have been debating the consequences of this new information:

Kamal Ahmed in The Sunday Telegraph: I warn you, Mr Carney – a housing bubble is coming

Simon Nixon in The Wall Street Journal: In Place of Virtue: Osborne Takes a Gamble

Eva Wiseman in The Observer: For my generation, an affordable home seems an impossible dream

The pictured property in Highgate is for sale through The Modern House. For more information, visit: Warren House


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