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The modernist architect Sir Richard MacCormac (September 1938 – July 2014), who sadly died last week, was the co-founder of MJP Architects and a former President of the Royal Institute of British Architects. MacCormac’s projects include Southwark tube station, the Wellcome Wing at the Science Museum, the British Embassy in Bangkok and a number of Oxbridge college buildings. He designed the new Egton Wing of the BBC’s Broadcasting House but was famously sacked from the project after refusing to compromise on the architecture in light of budget restrictions. In 1999, MacCormac designed a radical modern home in Hampstead for Arsenal F.C. striker Thierry Henry, and in 2004, his Phoenix Initiative for Coventry was shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize.

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Shirokane House by MDS Architecture, in Minato-Ku, Tokyo, was completed in 2013. The three-storey concrete and cedar house, angles outwards and upwards to create extra space and bring in light. A steel and timber staircase leads to the top floor, which is the main living space. Photography: Forward Stroke

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

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Forest Retreat by Uhlik Architekti in the Central Bohemian Region, Czech Republic, was completed in 2013. The compact structure, which rests on a boulder, was constructed by local craftsman, including a blacksmith from the local village who prepared the steel components. The house has a wooden base, and is covered with charred boards with rabbet joints. Photography: Jan Kudej

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

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A House For All Seasons by John Lin, in Shijia Village, Shaanxi Province, China, was completed in 2012. Built with the support of The University of Hong Kong, the project is a contemporary prototype based on the vernacular of local village houses. It features a concrete frame to increase earthquake-resistance and a latticed brick exterior for shade and natural ventilation. Photography: Rufwork

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

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