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‘Architecture: The Whole Story’, published by Thames & Hudson on September 8th, covers the different periods and styles of architecture chronologically, from prehistoric times to the present day. The chapter on Modern Architecture includes studies of Modernism, International Style, Brutalism and High-Tech Modernism. The foreword is by Richard Rogers, renowned for his modernist and functionalist architecture, and Philip Gumuchdjian, who came to fame following his Think Tank house in Ireland.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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