Reviews

07 Jan2014

Mid-Century Modern House in Highgate

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Anscombe & Ringland

Two storey townhouse designed by Harley Sherlock, and completed in 1962. One of a terraced row of nine properties set on a slope. Expressed as a simple geometric form with a distinctive asymmetric fenestration and faced in a light coloured brick that adds to the sense of restrained sophistication. Flat facades with strong planar elements. Split level Modernist flat roof with clerestory bringing light into the core. Sharp roof edge detail.

16 Dec2013

Mid-Century Modern Flat in Central London

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Currell

The Golden Lane Estate was designed by Chamberlin, Powell and Bon and built between 1953 and 1963. Cluster of four and six storey slab blocks around a central tower. Completed in 1962 Crescent House comprises 159 flats, 19 shops and a pub. Notable use of bush hammered reinforced concrete. Broad sill band set atop mosaic clad pilotis. Curved facade. Glazing boldly articulated in dark timber frames. Barrel vaulted roof expressed on front elevation as a row of glazed curved arches. Listed Grade II*.

04 Dec2013

Mid-Century Modern Flat in Blackheath

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Winkworth

Designed by Eric Lyons for Span, Hallgate was completed in 1958. Comprising 26 flats, Hallgate is part of the The Hall development, for which the final stage, Hall 4, was completed in 1967. Staggered three storey block. Modernist flat roof, cross wall construction. Alternate horizontal bands of white painted weatherboard and glazing form a crisp rhythmic composition. Verticality of the stairwells expressed externally in louvred panels. Simple colour palette, energised by signature coloured glazing panels in open entrance halls. Listed Grade II.

27 Nov2013

Mid-Century Modern House in Oxfordshire

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Cridland & Co

Fine two storey front gabled house on an irregular plan. Pitched roof with side outshut, creating a boldly asymmetric roofline on the rear elevation. Flush eaves. Faced in stone with panels of glazing in a modern abstract geometric composition.

20 Nov2013

Mid-Century Modern House in Buckinghamshire

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Jeremy Swan

Designed by Mary Christian Hamp, completed in 1964, a fine house whose layout is influenced by its location on the edge of a slope. Approached from the front, the building presents a minimalist, closed geometric form, wrapped in a steep asymmetric pitched roof, creating a canted front elevation, chalet like in its vocabulary. The interior spaces open up at the rear of the house, with a band of full height and width glazing in the lounge. Recessed main entrance with simple flat canopy roof. Weatherboard clad gable end walls.

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