Reviews

29 Apr2013

Mid-Century Modern House in West Sussex

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Strutt & Parker

Two storey house expressed in a crisp rectilinear geometry. Broadly rectangular plan. Modernist flat roof. Continuous white fascia emphasises the horizontality of the cubic form. Cross wall construction with elevations faced in cream coloured brick.

22 Apr2013

Mid-Century Modern Flat in the Barbican

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Foxtons

Designed by Chamberlin, Powell and Bon, the Barbican was constructed between 1963 and 1982. Mixed use estate. Powerful forms expressed in pick hammered reinforced concrete, exposing granite aggregate. Listed Grade II.

11 Apr2013

Mid-Century Modern House in Blackheath

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Humphreys Skitt & Co

Designed by Eric Lyons for Span and completed in 1963, Parkrow comprises 9 two storey houses of type T9, T10 and T11. Rectangular plan, with tapered front porch projection. Clerestory roof brings light into the core. Cross wall construction. Simple colour palette and use of materials, with principal elevations articulated in weatherboard.

08 Apr2013

Mid-Century Modern Maisonette in Bayswater

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Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward

Designed by Douglas Stephen and Partners (Kenneth Frampton), Corringham was completed in 1964. Exceptional eight storey block containing 48 flats/maisonettes. Reinforced concrete box frame, exposed (painted) to express vertical subdivisions. Roughcast end walls. Modernist flat roof. Front elevation presents a flat curtain wall facade, with bands of glazing set in slender frames. Inset balconies on rear (garden) elevation. Use of repetition of architectural elements creates a striking rhythm. Listed Grade II.

05 Apr2013

Mid-Century Modern House in Blackheath

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Winkworth

Designed by Eric Lyons for Span, Hall 2 was completed in 1958. Comprising 41 type T2 houses on a 3.6 acre site, Hall 2 was the second stage of the The Hall development, for which the final stage, Hall 4, was completed in 1967. Rectangular plan (extended) with an elegant glazed porch, which, along with the slender window frames, adds a lightness to the overall composition. Asymmetric front elevation, expressed in a simple rectilinear geometry, comprising panels of grey hanging tile, juxtaposed with large areas of glazing. Cross wall construction, load bearing brick. Clerestory roof with brick stack. Glazed front door with coloured side panel. The idiom is one of an anglicised version of Modernism.

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