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This iconic post and beam home in Palm Springs, California, was built in 1957 by Donald Wexler, and updated and modernised by interior designer Luis Ortega. It is currently on the market with Deasy / Penner for $2,899,000.

Donald Wexler is a Mid-Century modern architect who worked with Richard Neutra. He is known for pioneering the use of steel in residential design.

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New York-based architect Richard Meier has designed a collection of modern houses in Yalıkavak, a town near Bodrum on the Aegean coast of Turkey. Each of the Bodrum Houses overlooks Bodrum Bay. The first property to be built, which began on site in 2011, sold last month.

Meier has designed five different house types for the project. Each has around 1,100 sq m of living space across three levels, a separate pool area and a detached guesthouse. The project is a 45-minute drive from Milas-Bodrum International Airport. For more information on the project, please email us on rc@themodernhouse.net.

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This modern property in the Hollywood Hills on Woodrow Wilson Drive, Los Angeles, was originally designed in 1961 by a student of Richard Neutra. It was then remodelled by Connecticut-based architect Peter de Bretteville. The property features walls of glass and canyon views, and celebrates the concept of indoor/outdoor living. The minimalist interior has concrete-patina walls, skylights, classic post-and-beam design, recessed lighting, solid wood floors, an outdoor spa off the master suite and mature vegetation to ensure privacy. It is on the market for $1,595,000.

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Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta (1931 – 2011) studied architecture at the Universidad Autonoma de Mexico and went on to work for Jose Villagran Garcia before opening his own office in 1963. His work was influenced by fellow Mexican architect Luis Barragán, who was in turn influenced by European modernism.

Casa Shapiro, in Los Angeles, California, was designed by Legorreta in 1991. It demonstrates his bold use of colour and solid geometric forms, as well as his exploitation of light and shadow. The compound occupies three-quarters of an acre, and includes an 8,184 sq ft main residence. In addition there are outdoor plazas and gardens, an outdoor dining room, a pool with spa and cabana and a paddle tennis court. It is on the market for $10,995,000.

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This collection of modern architect-designed villas in Spain, Solo Houses, is currently on the market.

Solo Houses is an initiative whereby international designers are commissioned to design original 200m2 holiday homes, which express their design philosophy. The programme encourages innovation in architecture and creates a new offering for those seeking modern, architect-designed properties.

The first collection of houses is set in Matarraña, a region of southern Catalonia, two hours from Barcelona. The first house to complete, Casa Pezo, by Chilean architect Pezo Von Ellrichshausen, is a hollowed monolithic concrete structure. Appearing to float above a canopy of trees, it offers panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.

Work is shortly to begin on a house by Sou Fujimoto. Other architects commissioned to design and build homes in this collection are Mos Office, Didier Faustino and his studio Mésarchitectures, Studio Mumbai, and TNA – Takei-Nabeshima-Architects.

Open days for the project will take place on 17th-18th December.

For enquiries about the open days, or purchasing one of the Solo Houses, on or off-site, please contact The Modern House via email or telephone.

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With its elegant use of standard industrial building components and materials, Wolf House is considered as one of the most important houses of 20th-century Canada. Located in a wooded ravine park in the Rosedale neighbourhood of Toronto and designed by the American architect Barton Myers (b. 1934-), the house was completed in 1977 and is now recognised as a national monument. The skeleton of the house is constructed from steel with the structure, ducts and conduits all left exposed. Home comforts are provided by built-in timber furniture which softens the industrial character of the building’s main structure and is used to divide rooms. The floorplates are enclosed by floor to ceiling glazing that almost brushes against the surrounding trees, giving a sense of being immersed by nature.

For modern properties for sale and to let in the UK as well as modern holiday lets worldwide, visit: The Modern House

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Continuing the theme of seaside villas, this week’s What’s on the Market is a four-bedroom retreat on the island of Majorca. Having undergone something of an identity transformation over the last ten years, the Balaeric Islands are increasingly home to some fantastic architect-designed properties. This house on the side of the mountainous coastline, designed by Alberto Rubio, features 540 square metres of living space on a plot of 1,510 square metres featuring an infinity pool, amazing sea views and terraces from every room. Located in Port Andratx, it is one of the most exclusive places of the Mediterranean Sea and offers several well-known golf courses and a large and prestigious marina with excellent restaurants, nightclubs and bars. The city of Palma is a 30-minute drive away and the international airport is about 40 minutes away. The villa is for sale for €9,800,000 (c.£8,429,000).

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9a Water Street; Wahroonga; Gissing House by Harry Seidler

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Located in the suburb of Wahroonga on the Upper North Shore of Sydney, Australia, this Mid-Century Modern house was completed in 1972 by Harry Seilder & Associates. Gissing House was lived in by its original owners – the couple that commissioned it – until 2008 and thus has retained many of its original features and character. It was designed to be a smaller version of Seilder’s own house, Killara House, and consequently has the same split-level arrangement with two adjacent floors separated by a void that accommodates the connecting half-stair. This makes for intimate and defined spaces in what is essentially an open layout. The interior is particularly notable for its variety of surfaces; white Boral concrete block walls, black masonry fireplaces, bréton brut details, and timber ceilings. The house is situated in the middle of a plot landscaped specially for the house at time of completion by Bruce Mackenzie, with terraces and a swimming pool. It has five bedrooms and three bathrooms over a total internal living area of 291 square metres and split over three levels. It is being considered for New South Wales State Heritage listing.

Harry Seidler is arguably one of Australia’s most internationally recognised iconic architect and was awarded Australia’s top architectural prize, the Royal Australian Institute of Architects (RAIA) Gold Medal in 1976 and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Gold Medal in 1996. He was born in Vienna in 1923 and his background and training are unlike that of other local Australian-educated architects and is very much in the tradition of the International Style, with a continuing clear commitment to concrete. He studied at the Wasagymnasium in Vienna from 1933-38 and escaped to England six months after the Nazi annexation of Austria in 1938. He went to Cambridge Technical College in England, but was interned on the Isle of Man in 1940 and later transported to an internment camp in Canada. Released in 1941, he studied architecture at the University of Manitoba in Canada.

 Seilder then won a scholarship to Harvard School of Design, studying under two of the 20th century’s most iconic architects – Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer. He received his Master of Architecture from Harvard in 1946 before undertaking a design course with the artist Joseph Albers.

 During this period, he was also fortunate enough to work with more of the architectural profession’s biggest names. In 1945-46, Seilder worked as an assistant to Alvar Aalto and later travelled to South America to work with Oscar Niemeyer.

 He formed his own practice in 1949 in Sydney where his parents had relocated. Seidler is considered one of the leading exponents of Modernism’s methodology in Australia and the first architect to fully express the principles of the Bauhaus there. He died in 2006, aged 82.

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Located less than 20 miles from the university town of Princeton in New Jersey and 70 miles from New York, this 1960 house was designed by architect Jules Gregory with an undulating double-conoid roof that appears to hover in mid air. Gregory built the house for himself with the use of many natural materials, using fieldstone from the property for fireplaces and walls, and Pacific Northwest white fir and pine from Colorado for the framing and wood paneling throughout the interior. The 1,664 sq ft residence includes four bedrooms, two bathrooms and a sunken living room. It has stayed true to its original design, with only a few updates to the kitchen and bathrooms. Set amidst a woodland landscape on a 10-acre estate, the property includes a footbridge over a seasonal stream leading to additional guest quarters. It is on the market for $999,000 (c.£671,000).

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A year ago, we were taken around Maison Planeix by its owner, the granddaughter of the couple who originally commissioned Le Corbusier – when he was still relatively unknown in 1924 – to design them a house in what was then a largely empty Parisian street in the 13th arrondissement. As the area has grown and developed around them, several generations of the Planeix family have now lived there, and it is the only house designed by Le Corbusier to have remained in the same family. After 89 years, the property, including its two ground-floor and one second-floor artist live/work studios, has come onto the market for the first time.

A characteristically classic Le Corbusier design, it features pilotis, a roof garden, a free plan, horizontal windows, double-height ateliers, and external walkways and staircases. However, as the total cost of the build approached double the initial budget, Antonin Planeix (1895-1949) asked Le Corbusier to add two workshops on the ground floor, thereby filling in the pilotis.

As the house has been privately occupied over the course of its life, it is one of Le Corbusier’s lesser-known works. With only some moderate alterations to the roof terrace to make the second floor into a self-contained flat, the design is largely intact, with original colours and original fitted furniture and fittings. Only the kitchen sink has been raised for a modern fridge to fit underneath.

The original owner was Antonin Planeix, a man interested in modernity, a painter, a self-taught craftsman who produced photographs to transfer onto enamel. Its small photographic portraits were widely used on tombstones. The Planeix house is part of a series of villas built by Le Corbusier in the 1920s in Paris and its environs, which include Atelier Ozenfant, Villas Lipchitz-Miestchaninoff, Villa Savoye and Maison La Roche to name a few.

The house contains a total of five bedrooms, four bathrooms, a large split-level garden and a garage over a total area of 2,938 sq ft in a well-placed area of Paris. It is for sale for $3,064,000 (c. £2,057,000).

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

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