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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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Korman House, Louis Kahn

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Esherick House, Louis Kahn

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Shapiro House, Louis Kahn

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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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Hauer-King House

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Street-Porter House by CZWG

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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.

Thursday 8th May, 7pm
Cinema 1, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS

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This behind-the-scenes documentary seeks to expose the architectural competition process in raw detail. It follows five star architects – Jean Nouvel, Frank Gehry, Dominique Perrault, Zaha Hadid and Norman Foster – who have been invited to put forward designs for the future National Museum of Art of Andorra. For more information, visit The Architecture Foundation.

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

Solone Internazionale del Mobile
Milan Fairgrounds, Rho Pavilions: Pavilion 9
8th-13th April

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David Chipperfield’s Berlin home © Davide Pizzigoni

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Zaha Hadid’s London home © Davide Pizzigoni

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Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas’ Parisian home © Aki Furudate

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Shigeru Ban’s Tokyo home © Hiroyuki Hirai

‘Where Architects Live’ is an exhibition based on new photography of the homes of eight leading contemporary architects: Shigeru Ban, Mario Bellini, David Chipperfield, Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas, Zaha Hadid, Marcio Kogan, Daniel Libeskind and Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbai.

The exhibition is one of a number of satellite events taking place at this year’s design and furniture fair, Solone Internazionale del Mobile, in Milan. For more information, please visit Salone del Mobile. For modern properties for sale and to let in the UK, visit The Modern House.

Auction: Tuesday 29 April, 6pm
Howick Place, London SW1P 1BB

Viewing: 23 – 29 April

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Alvar Aalto Cantilevered armchair 1931/ Steven Holl Prototype Porosity Bench 2006

Daeyang-SHA-8166-WHOR House by Steven Holl Architects

‘The Architect’ is an auction event hosted by Phillips. It is designed to celebrate the contributions architects have made to our environment through the furniture, objects and equipment they’ve invented in response to the buildings they’ve conceived.

Pieces by Frank Gehry, Alvar Aalto, Zaha Hadid and Steven Holl are due to be up for auction, and there’s an opportunity to view the lots before they go under the hammer. For more information and to order a catalogue, visit Phillips.

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

The ABA Gallery, 70 Cowcross Street, London, EC1M 6EL
March 25, 19:00 – 20:30

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High & Over

At this event, Sally Rendel, co-author of a 2008 monograph on Connell Ward & Lucas, will be speaking about the work of this influential architecture practice.

Amyas Connell’s debut building at Amersham, ‘High and Over’, built in 1929, is widely acknowledged as the first modern house in the English countryside. Basil Ward teamed up with Connell in the 1930s, and they completed a succession of houses using modern construction techniques. They were joined by Colin Lucas, whose bungalow at Bourne End was heralded as the first monolithic reinforced concrete house. The trio worked together until the end of the decade, creating some seminal private houses, flats and a film studio.

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

PM Gallery & House, Walpole Park, Mattock Lane, London W5 5EQ
21 March – 11 May 2014

2. Le Roche-Jeanneret house, Paris, 1923 interior gallery. ©Richard Pare, 2012 Le Roche-Jeanneret house, Paris, 1923, by Le Corbusier © Richard Pare

3. Villa Savoye, Poissy, 1929-30. ©Richard Pare, 2012
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Villa Savoye, Poissy, 1929-30, by Le Corbusier © Richard Pare

29. Melnikov House Salon. © Richard Pare
Melnikov House salon, Moscow, 1998, by Konstantin Melnikov © Richard Pare

6. Unité d’habitation, Marseilles, 1946-52. ©Richard Pare, 2011. Unité d’habitation, Marseilles, 1946-52, by Le Corbusier © Richard Pare

This exhibition celebrates the work of the British photographer Richard Pare and the buildings of two of the most influential modernist architects, Le Corbusier and Russian architect Konstantin Melnikov. The collection of images, taken over several decades, reveal Pare’s quest to document the career of both architects. For more information visit PM Gallery & House.

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

Jane Drew: An Introduction
Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) until 23 Mar 2014

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University College, Ibadan: Residential College by Maxwell Fry and Jane Drew. Photography: RIBA

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Exhibition installations. Photography: Mark Blower

This exhibition features artworks and books related to the British modern architect Jane Drew (1911-1996). Drew designed modern social housing in England and abroad during and after World War II. During her career she worked with Maxwell Fry, her husband, on schools and universities in West Africa, and with Pierre Jeanneret on housing in Chandigarh in north India. For more information visit ICA.

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

RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London W1B 1AD
Tue 11 March 2014, 18:30 – 20:00

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Rogers House
Top and middle: Hopkins House in Hampstead. Bottom: Rogers House in Wimbledon

At this one-off event, five era-defining architects will come together to tell their story of how, inspired by new technologies and engineering, they transformed British architecture and ushered in a new High Tech style of building that had a worldwide impact. For more information visit RIBA.

The work of these architects is also on display at the exhibition The Brits Who Built the Modern World, which runs until 27 May.

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

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