House by Featherstone Young

House by Carl Turner Architects

House by dRMM

House by Eldridge Smerin

The Sunday Times has selected ten top ‘architect provocateurs’ to turn to for modern housing, in light of a reported positive shift in the attitude of planners towards contemporary residential architecture.

The list, which ranges from up-and-coming to established practices, includes Carl Turner Architects, dRMM, Eldridge Smerin, Featherstone Young, Mole Architects and Studio Octopi.

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

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Home For All by Toyo Ito © Iwan Baan/ Taschen

Architect: Tom Kundig
Delta Shelter by Olsen Kundig Architects © Olson Kundig Architects/ Taschen

This new book by Philip Jodidio, published by Taschen, looks at an innovative collection of architect-designed small buildings. It includes houses such as Home For All by architect Toyo Ito, which was designed for the earthquake relief project in Rikuzentakata, Japan. It also features cabins and holiday homes, including Delta Shelter, a steel-clad cabin on stilts in Washington, USA, by Olson Kundig Architects.

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


This book by David Burke (Boydell Press) looks at the 1930s Lawn Road Flats, also known as the Isokon building, and some of the residents it attracted.

Located in Belsize Park, London, it was designed by the architect Wells Coates. It was built for Isokon, a company founded to build modernist residences based on the architectural ideals of Le Corbusier and the Bauhaus. The first modernist building in Britain to use reinforced concrete in domestic architecture, it features a cantilevered stairwell and balconies. It was Grade-I listed in 1974.

On completion, the flats became populated by writers, artists and architects. Ex-residents include Agatha Christie, sculptors Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth, and Bauhaus members Marcel Breuer and Walter Gropius. The building also became a haunt of some of the most prominent Soviet agents working against Britain in the 1930s and ’40s. For more information visit Boydell & Brewer.

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

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Glass House by Lina Bo Bardi, Sao Paulo, Brazil

In Saturday’s Financial Times House & Home section, Edwin Heathcote looks at the work of South American modernist architects Luis Barragán and Lina Bo Bardi. In particular he examines the way in which the houses they built challenged Le Corbusier’s contention that houses are simply ‘machines to live in’.

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


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zs Albion kitchen 4 ZCD Architects project

The Architects’ Journal Small Projects 2014 shortlist has been announced. It includes residential projects by Konishi Gaffney Architects, Ashton Porter Architects, Glas Architects, Fraher Architects, Chris Dyson Architects, Studio 54 Architecture, ZCD Architects, Andrew Pilkington Architects & Designers, NORD Architecture and Rural Office for Architecture.

The shortlisted entries will be exhibited at the NLA from 20 March to 20 April 2014.

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


Hugh Pearman’s article on Carl Turner’s Slip House in The Sunday Times describes the award-winning eco-house as the future of the urban terrace, and part of the renaissance of south London.

The house, which received the 2013 RIBA Manser Medal, is also featured in international design magazine Architectural Digest.

Slip House is currently on the market with The Modern House. For more information or to arrange a viewing, contact us here.

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Farnsworth House, Plano, Illinois, 1945-1950. Living space with Barcelona day bed and chairs designed by Mies, 1929.Farnsworth House © Alan Weintraub / Arcaid / Corbis

interior, Villa Tugendhat, Brno, Czech Republic (built in 1930 by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe)Villa Tugendhat © isifa Image Service s.r.o. / Alamy

This new title, published by Phaidon, covers the work of architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886–1969).

The book is illustrated with over 700 original drawings, contemporary and archive photographs, plans and diagrams, and includes some of the 20th century’s most iconic houses, including Tugendhat House in the Czech Republic and Farnsworth House in Illinois. The text, by Detlef Mertins, traces the aesthetic and intellectual context for Mies’s work, with in-depth discussions of his most important buildings and projects.

‘Mies’ is available for pre-order from 10th March. For more information visit Phaidon. For modern properties for sale and to let in the UK, visit The Modern House.





This book, published by Thames & Hudson, looks at the work of Stirling Prize-winning architect David Chipperfield.

Notable projects include the River and Rowing Museum in Henley-on-Thames, made of green oak cladding, concrete and glass, the Turner Contemporary in Margate and the reconstructed Neues Museum in Berlin.

The book features a chronological list of all of Chipperfield’s projects to date, 47 in-depth profiles, plus essays by Fulvio Irace, Bernhard Schulz and Chipperfield himself.

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


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This book, written by Ben Highmore and published by Profile Books, tells the history of the family home through the twentieth century. It gives details of the architecture, domestic objects and well-know brands that define different decades. It also examines the different rooms that make up the modern British home, with a particular focus on post-war modern houses.

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




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Images from ‘dirtymodernscoundrel’ blogspot

‘Concretopia: A Journey around the Rebuilding of Postwar Britain’ is a new book by John Grindrod, published by Old Street. It documents the author’s journey to find out how Britain was rebuilt after the Blitz, in concrete, steel and glass. It features chapters on the rebuilding of Coventry, the development of the South Bank, the creation of the Barbican and the building of the Parkhill estate in Sheffield. The author visits the once-Blitzed city centre of Plymouth, the futuristic New Town of Cumbernauld and the 1950s housing experiments in the Gorbals, Glasgow. The book also recounts Grindrod’s meetings with New Town pioneers, tower-block builders, Barbican architects, inhabitants of prefab homes and town planners from the Sixties.

John Grindrod grew up in the New Addington Estate, Croydon. He is also the author of ‘dirtymodernscoundrel‘ blogspot.

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


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