The Lawn Road Flats

On this radio show, produced by Monitor Production in Sound, presenter John Escolme encounters the work of modernist architect Wells Coates, best known for his Lawn Road Flats scheme in Belsize Park. On the show Matt Black, Coates’ grandson, and one half of music-duo Coldcut, recalls his grandfather’s life. Director of design chain Skandium Magnus Englund, who lives in the penthouse flat at Lawn Road and runs the Isokon Gallery there, talks about the finer points of the extraordinary building. The show, first broadcast on Monday on Resonance FM, can be streamed through the Monitor Production in Sound website.

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From top: Fallingwater, Frederick Robie House, Hollyhock House

Eleven buildings designed by modernist architect Frank Lloyd Wright are being considered by The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for World Heritage status. Despite being many miles apart, the nominated designs are being considered as a single entry. They include: Fallingwater in Pennsylvania; Frederick Robie House in Chicago; Hollyhock House in Los Angeles, and Jacobs House, Taliesin and Taliesin West, all in Wisconsin. The U.S. Department of Interior recommended Wright’s work on the basis of its creative contribution to twentieth-century architecture.

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a Trellick Tower by Ernö Goldfinger

DSC2484_copy_2 Highpoint by Berthold Lubetkin. Entrance lobby

Church_walk_0706 Church Walk by David Mikhail Architects

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.

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DSC_5780 Paddock House interior

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.

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Studio 54 Architecture - Palmer Garages Site

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.

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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.

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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.

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