3 Riverside Wharf

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We have been reading about Jane Wood‘s role in transforming Littlehampton, in West Sussex, through cutting-edge modern architecture and design. Around ten years ago Wood bought a former kiosk and hired the then-little-known Thomas Heathwerwick to transform it, resulting in the East Beach Cafe, Heatherwick’s first UK building. Wood also commissioned Asif Khan, the designer of the Winter Olympics MegaFon installation, to execute Littlehampton’s West Beach Cafe.

More recently, she commissioned award-winning architect John Pardey to develop a collection of modern coastal houses in Littlehampton, Riverside Wharf. The timber-clad, four-bedroom houses rise out of a block of brick and flint warehouses, and feature saw-toothed aluminium roofs and glass façades. Two are currently for sale with The Modern House.

Following the recent rise in property rises in Littlehampton, The Sunday Times reports that Wood has been approached by other councils, keen to inject the same level of innovation and ideas into their seaside towns.

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


This new book by Corinna Dean, of Archive for Rural Contemporary Architecture, focuses on overlooked rural architectural sites across Britain, including bunkers, pillboxes, observation posts and coastal defences. The book has a foreword by Margaret Howell and is available exclusively through the Margaret Howell shop.

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

Acme House in Maui by Ettore Sottsass

This new, comprehensive, monograph published by Phaidon covers the work of the iconic Italian architect and designer Ettore Sottsass.

Sottsass is best known for founding the Memphis Group in Milan in 1981, an Italian design and architecture group that designed colourful and flamboyant Postmodern objects, furniture and fabrics. Over his lifetime he pursued disciplines ranging from graphic design and photography to architecture. In this book, each chapter is dedicated to a period in his career, including illustrations, photography and sketches from the Sottsass archive. For more information, visit Phaidon.

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


Precautions are being explored to save Mies Van Der Rohe’s iconic Farnsworth House from the risk of flood damage.

The single-storey steel and glass house is next to the Fox River, near Chicago, where it has already been flooded three times in the last two decades.

According to The Architects’ Journal the owner, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, is considering a range of options. These include a system of hydraulic jacks being installed underneath the house, which would involve it being temporarily relocated.

The trust is due to present a range of options to preservationists later this month. For more information visit The Architects’ Journal. For modern properties for sale and to let in the UK, visit The Modern House.




1_new20140224_DSC_5729_copy20140224_DSC_5621_copyStapleton Hall Road, by Stephen Taylor Architects and developers Solidspace, featured in The Sunday Times this weekend in an article on the modern terraced house.

The newly-built development at Stapleton Hall Road consists of two houses. In the article the journalist describes the house interiors: ‘The rooms are flooded with light, and the main living spaces have double-height ceilings and flow seamlessly together, their blond-wood, white-walled airiness calling to mind a cool Scandi beach house rather than an urban town house backing onto railway tracks.’ To read the full article visit The Sunday Times.

Both properties at Stapleton Hall Road are currently under offer with The Modern House. For more information, and for modern properties for sale and to let in the UK, visit The Modern House.

Ty Hedfan

Vista Point 

Old Hunstanton

Taut’s Home

A number of The Modern House’s holiday lets featured in The Sunday Times Travel section this weekend, in a selection of the top architectural stays in the UK.

The article features Vista Point in West Sussex, designed in the 60s by modernist architect Patrick Gwynne; Old Hunstanton in Norfolk, designed by the architect Robin Spence and inspired by the Case Study Houses in America, and Ty Hedfan in Wales, a contemporary house by Featherstone Young, which features a glass-walled living room cantilevered over the Ysgir River.

The global selection of architectural holiday lets includes Taut’s Home in Berlin, one of the houses that Bruno Taut designed in the first half of the 20th century, on the Unesco-listed Horseshoe Estate.

For more information, including prices and details of how to book these properties, visit The Modern House.

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.

Barragán House, Mexico City

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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