‘Constructing Worlds: Photography and Architecture in the Modern Age’
Barbican Art Gallery
25 September 2014 – 11 January 2015

© Nadav Kander. Courtesy Flowers Gallery

© Andreas Gursky: The Copan building. São Paulo, 2002

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© Nadav Kander. Courtesy Flowers Gallery

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© Guy Tillim. Courtesy Stevenson, Cape Town and Johannesburg

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© Chris Jackson / Getty Images

Constructing Worlds is an exhibition of architectural photography from the 1930s to the present day, examining the role it has played in the way we view our built environment. The work of over 18 photographers, including Hélène Binet, Lucien Hervé, Ed Ruscha, Julius Shulman, Nadav Kander and Guy Tillim is featured. Over 250 photographs are being exhibited, covering the work of architects including Le Corbusier, Frank Lloyd Wright, Pierre Koenig and Charles and Ray Eames. The buildings on display range from New York’s first skyscrapers to post-war California’s glamorous suburban homes.

Coinciding with the exhibition is a season of films and talks, City Visions, exploring the ways in which cinema has engaged with the phenomenon of the modern city and the experience of urban life. The series includes a screening of Oscar Niemeyer – Life is a Breath of Air , Architecture on Film: The Airstrip – Decampment of Modernism, Part III and the critically acclaimed Man with a Movie Camera.

Also running, in the foyer, is the first in a series of displays exploring the architecture and design of the Barbican, The Barbican Exhibition: Chamberlin, Powell & Bon Architects. For more information on all three exhibitions visit The Barbican website.

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2a The Tree House

1a Gingerbread House. Photography: Chloe Dewe Mathews

3 Stapleton Hall Road

1 Walter Segal self-build houses. Photography: Ian White

2 Forest Mews

Open House London takes place this weekend, revealing some of London’s best architectural sites. Here are our top 5 picks for residential architecture, in no particular order. Check the website and book ahead if necessary.

1. The Tree House in Tower Hamlets is a timber-framed, timber-clad house extension, designed by 6a for architecture critic Rowan Moore. The project picked up the RIBA London Small Project Award this year and is on the Manser Medal shortlist. The building and the timber deck that connects it to the main house curve around to accommodate a tree in the garden, giving the project its name.

2. Architect Laura Dewe Mathews designed the wonderful Gingerbread House in Hackney for herself in 2012, and in 2013 it won the AJ Small Projects Awards. The building exploits a small urban plot behind a former Victorian box factory, and was built using Cross-Laminated Timber panels. Its name comes from the facade of rounded cedar scales.

3. Stapleton Hall Road is the latest development from award-winning developers Solidspace. The two split-level houses in Haringey, by architect Stephen Taylor, are light, airy and characterful. Completed in 2014, they are a contemporary reinterpretation of the traditional Victorian family house. Both properties are currently on the market with The Modern House.

4. The Walter Segal self-build houses are a close of 13 timber-frame houses built in the 80s using the ‘Segal Method’, a modular system of design and construction pioneered by the celebrated Swiss architect Walter Segal. Two of the properties are opening their doors for the event. Their sustainable features include solar electric, water and space heating.

5. Forest Mews is approached from a quiet street in Forest Hill via a set of laser-cut steel gates and tree-lined drive. The three mews houses, by architects Robert and Jessica Barker, have vertical gardens and share a geometric courtyard made up of gravel slabs, grasses and wildflowers. One of the three houses is currently available to let with The Modern House.

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Oslo-based firm Rintala Eggertsson Architects has installed a series of wooden structures on a beach in northern Norway for Salt , a new festival being held in celebration of the Arctic landscape. The temporary, portable structures, inspired by fishing racks, are designed to display artwork and host musical performances.

Salt is situated on Sandhornøya, a mountainous island north of the Arctic Circle. Visitors to the festival can stay in eco-friendly beach shacks designed and developed by Joar Nango and architect Tone Selmer-Olsen.

The festival, which has just opened, runs for a full year, until September 6th 2015. Spin-off festivals after this are planned for northern locations including Greenland, Iceland, the Faroe Islands, Ireland and Scotland. Images: Gunnar Holmstad/ Rintala Eggertsson Architects

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‘The Anatomy of a Building: Denys Lasdun and the Royal College of Physicians’
Royal College of Physicians, London NW1
8th Sept – 13th Feb. Mon – Fri 9am-5pm

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This exhibition marks 100 years since the birth of Sir Denys Lasdun (1914-2001) and the 50th anniversary of the opening of his iconic Grade I-listed building, the Royal College of Physicians. Lasdun was a controversial pioneer of modern British architecture, and a significant figure in 20th-century architecture. The exhibition will include rarely-seen original models of Lasdun’s best-known buildings, including the National Theatre and brutalist masterpiece Keeling House. It will also feature drawings, letters and photographs from private collections and the Lasdun Archive at the Royal Institute of British Architects. The Royal College of Physicians, set in Regent’s Park, is considered a modernist masterpiece, and one of London’s most important post-war buildings. For more information visit the Royal College of Physicians website.

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This tour through central London, on Saturday 30th August, will look anew at the shape and form of a number of buildings, in light of Louis Kahn’s use of geometry. The tour, organised by The Design Museum and Open-City, will be led by Richard Weston, Professor of Architecture at Cardiff University and author of the book ‘Modernism’. It accompanies the current exhibition at The Design Museum, Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture, which runs until 12th October.

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Until 24 Aug 2014
Pitzhanger Manor House and Gallery, London W5















Images: Architectural drawing, Alvar Aalto Foundation; Paimio Chair (1931-2)

This exhibition brings together the work of modernist architect and designer Alvar Aalto, and contemporary Finnish photographer Ola Kolehmainen.

Pitzhanger Manor House features a collection of original house designs and plans by Aalto. There are also examples of his chairs, tables, lights and textiles, as well as glassware designed by his first wife and collaborator, Aino Aalto. Kolehmainen’s photographs, which examine repetitive patterns in architecture, are exhibited in Pitzhanger Manor Gallery – a modernist gallery built in 1939.

Alvar Aalto (1898-1976) was the most important Finnish architect of the 20th century, and a central figure in international modernism. His sculptural and highly functional furniture, produced in the 1930s, remains influential today.

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Exhibition (15)
Directed by Joanna Hogg
Curzon Renoir

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Exhibition, the latest film by British writer-director Joanna Hogg, is set in a modernist house in west London. The film is dedicated to the architect of the house, James Melvin, who designed it for himself and his wife in 1969. It has since been modernised in parts by Berlin-based practice Sauerbruch Hutton Architects.

The film revolves around two married artists, played by Liam Gillick and Viv Albertine (a former client of The Modern House!). It explores their relationship with the house, which they have lived in for the duration of their 20-year relationship, as they draw close to putting it on the market. Its spiral staircase, sliding doors and glass windows form the main set pieces of the film. Images: Curzon Cinemas

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