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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

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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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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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9 July 2014 – 12 October 2014
Design Museum, 28 Shad Thames, London SE1 2YD

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Genel House, Louis Kahn

This exhibition about the work of American architect Louis Kahn (1901-1974) will include architectural models, original drawings, travel sketches, photographs and films.

Louis Kahn is regarded as one of the most influential modern architects of the 20th century. In his lifetime he was awarded both the AIA Gold Medal and the RIBA Gold Medal. Kahn worked with simple materials, notably brick and concrete. His style of architecture was monumental and monolithic. He is famous for his provocative proposals for buildings and his teaching, as well as his built works.

Highlights of the exhibition include a model of the City Tower that Kahn designed for Philadelphia (1952-57) and previously unseen film footage shot by Kahn’s son Nathaniel Kahn, director of the film ‘My Architect’.

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

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Alexander Fleming House (now called Metro Central Heights)

This collection of television programmes examining the triumphs and failures of post-war architecture, from the BBC archives, is available to watch online.

The collection features a defence of Alexander Fleming House by critic Stephen Bayley, first broadcast in 1988; an introduction by journalist Janet Street-Porter to the house designed for her by architect Piers Gough, first broadcast in 1991; an appraisal of Hauer-King House presented by architect Will Alsop, and a programme about Alton Housing Estate in Roehampton presented by Sir Richard Rogers, both first broadcast in 1996.

For more information on the series, visit BBC Four Collections. For modern properties for sale and to let in the UK, visit The Modern House.

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