Pitcairn House, in Athyn, Pennsylvania, by Richard Neutra was built in 1962. It is one of a few Neutra-designed houses on the East Coast. The six-bedroom house mid-century modern house, clad in natural stone, is designed around a courtyard with a terrace. It has a sloped roof, and a cantilevered entrance staircase, which hovers over an indoor swimming pool. There is a master suite located at the private end of the house which has floor to ceiling windows that look out onto the surrounding oak, beech, maple and poplar groves. It is currently on the market for $5,400,000. For more information visit Architecture For Sale.

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Sundays: 11am–5pm, Bank Holidays: 12pm –5pm
Level 3, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS

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Photography: John McDavid

The Barbican Conservatory is London’s second biggest conservatory after Kew. The glassy, green oasis is in stark contrast to the brutalism of the Barbican Centre. And although in the heart of the city, it’s a relatively unknown bucolic spot. There are over 2,000 species of tropical and sub-tropical plantlife in the glasshouse, plus exotic fish, an Arid House for cacti and a small aviary, including finches and quails. The conservatory is built around the fly tower of the Arts Centre theatre. It opened in 1984, eight years after the completion of the Barbican, and is open for free to the public on Sundays and bank holidays. The Barbican complex itself features a wildlife garden, containerized allotments in the walkways, and around 12km of balconies, with numerous window boxes. For more information visit the Barbican website.

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Thamesmead steps
Photography: Ventures in Topography/ David Secombe

This short film follows The Architecture Foundation’s Urban Pioneers programme, in which a group 17-19 year olds took part in workshops with well known architects, writers and artists to investigate different perceptions of Thamesmead. The film shows a local young person’s movements around the estate, including the picturesque lakes they still hang around, a decanted home and the monastic ruins they played in as children. The group considered the area’s conception as a 1960’s urban utopia, its immediate visual link to youth violence as setting for the 1971 film ‘A Clockwork Orange’, its local reputation as gangland and its connection to more recent conversations on regeneration. For more information visit The Architecture Foundation .

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