‘After You Left, They Took It Apart (Demolished Paul Rudolph Homes)’ is a new book published by Columbia College Chicago Press, based on a series of images by architectural photographer Chris Mottalini.
In 2007, Mottalini photographed three abandoned homes designed by the late Modernist architect Paul Rudolph, each awaiting demolition. The buildings were located in Westport, Connecticut (1972-2007), Watch Hill, Rhode Island (1956-2007) and Siesta Key, Florida (1941-2007).
The photos are designed to capture the historic and cultural importance of the mid-century buildings, before they were torn down, and the photographer’s frustration over their loss. Paul Rudolph was know for his Brutalist style of architecture, and several more of his buildings are earmarked for demolition.
Chris Mottalini recently opened an exhibition at the Reform Modern Gallery in Los Angeles, California. He will feature in an exhibition, Art after Architecture, at the Lewis Glucksman Gallery at Cork University, Ireland, beginning on 22nd November.
Churt has been featured as one of The Sunday Times’ top 10 idyllic spots within reach of the capital.
With economic confidence growing, it reports that more homeowners are looking to the countryside, to take advantage of the price gap between the capital and further afield, especially in villages in the commuter belt where prices are behind the upward curve. These prices are likely to appreciate strongly in the next few years, it adds.
Churt is located on the edge of the South Downs National Park and the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is five miles from Farnham, which is 50 minutes by train to London Waterloo.
The Modern House has a six-bedroom property for sale close to Churt designed by the architects Haddow Partnership, an award-winning architecture practice based in Hampshire. For more information visit The Modern House.
‘Old to New’ presents 26 case studies of projects by Paul Archer Design and essays by the architect, including ‘Working with Old Buildings’, ‘How to Green Your Old House’ and ‘Working with Glass’.
Paul Archer set up Paul Archer Design in 1999 to concentrate on high-quality residential work. Projects to date range from a 17th-century farmhouse extension to a zero-carbon new-build house, Green Orchard in Gloucestershire. The practice is known for combining environmentally friendly architecture with a Modernist aesthetic. In 2012 Paul Archer was shortlisted for a RIBA award and in 2007 he won the Architects’ Journal ‘Small Project of the Year Award’.
The Modern House had an apartment on Highbury Hill designed by Paul Archer on the market earlier this year.
Paul Archer Design is one of a number of entries recently added to our Directory of Architects and Designers.
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.
WHAT WE’RE SEEING
Stills from Charley in New Town (1948)
Britain’s new towns such as Harlow and Stevenage have now been in existence for over sixty years. This entertaining and informative video by The Economist questions what lessons can be learned from them to inform the current housing situation in the UK. Visit: Britain’s new Jerusalem
WHAT WE’RE READING
Magney House, by Glenn Murcutt in New South Wales, Australia (1984)
HOUSE House, by Andrew Maynard Architects in Melbourne, Australia (2013)
There has long been an underlying desire of British people to live in the countryside and it is a phenomenon that still rumbles on, despite the increasing population counts of cities all over the world. Yet, we tend to think this is a tendency that is particularly English and that other nations are not so affected by this conundrum. In this week’s Observer however, Heather Long and Jessica Reed debate the case for the advantages of living in the countryside and city in the United States and Australia. With Long arguing for more space, less income inequality and more community, and Reed finding the merits in walking, more diversity and finding a place to thrive, it seems many of the debates are the same wherever you are. For the full article, visit: City v country: where’s the better place to live?
WHAT WE’RE READING
Some of the Los Angeles Case Study Houses have been mentioned in The Modern House blog before, and this small but dense guide is a great introduction to many of the others. Published by Taschen, the book features all of the houses included in its original large version, with more than 150 photos, sketches, drafts and plans and a map of where all of the houses are (or were) located.
The Case Study Houses were masterminded between 1945 and 1966 by John Entenza, the editor of the American magazine Arts & Architecture. The programme concentrated on the Los Angeles area and oversaw the design of 36 prototype homes, which were intended to make available plans for modern residences that could be easily and cheaply constructed during the post-war building boom. Entenza, a champion of Modernism, used his architectural knowledge and network to recruit well-known and talented architects including Richard Neutra, Pierre Koenig, Charles and Ray Eames, and Eero Saarinen. The houses came to define an era of architecture for LA and have had a prolonged influence on design all over the world.
For more information, visit: Taschen Books
WHAT WE’RE READING
Last year The Modern House sold Laslett House in Cambridge to a food writer and his wife. This five-bedroom house, set in a 2/3 acre plot, was designed by Trevor Dannatt and completed in 1958 for the professor Peter Laslett, who lived there until his death in 2001. The house remained with the Laslett family, who put it on the market for the first time over a decade later. It is now the focus of an article by Kate Hawkings in The Telegraph, discussing the joy the architecture has given its new owners, as well as images of it now. To view the full article, visit: The Telegraph
WHAT WE’RE READING
Torre David, Caracas, Venezuela
Quinta Monroy, Iquique, Chile
The Observer’s architecture critic Rowan Moore this week ran an article about solutions to the housing crisis in the UK. Many of his solutions are examples which have been featured on The Modern House blog, such as the floating houses and good planning drawn from the Netherlands, the refurbishment and extensions of tower blocks in France and the communal housing in the UK. Most interestingly, the article also draws on a number of solutions found in South America. These include a self-build housing scheme in Chile for communities of squatters who, over time, have customised the homes provided to them through the initial government investment, and the occupation of free sites in Venezuela where an aborted skyscraper from the 1990s boom has become the home for 3,000 people – not legally, but without being stopped. For the full article and to read all 10 solutions, visit: The Observer
WHAT WE’RE READING
The Architects’ Journal has run a feature about the Grade II*-listed house in Wimbledon designed by Richard Rogers for his parents, which is currently for sale with The Modern House. The article features the original building review from when it was designed in 1970. Visit: The Architects’ Journal.
For information about the sale of the property, visit: The Modern House