13 Nov2013

Mid-Century Modern Flat in Cambridge


Designed by Eric Lyons for Span, Highsett 1 was completed in 1960. Scheme comprises 31 flats and 6 maisonettes. Particularly noted for its collegiate plan. Listed Grade II. Brick cross wall construction with concrete floors. Principal elevations are expressed in a simple colour palette, with abstract geometric compositions of strip windows, and broad bands of hanging tile which emphasise the horizontality of the form. Modernist flat roof with plain broad cornice band. Particularly elegant glazed communal entrance halls. Collegiate (courtyard) plan has entrances cut through 3 elevations, with upper storeys supported on slender pilotis which also serve to de-emphasise the mass of the built form.

06 Nov2013

Mid-Century Modern Flat in North London

Ashmore & Co

Hendon Hall Court was designed by Owen Luder and completed in 1966. Former President (uniquely twice elected) of the RIBA whose buildings include (in partnership with Rodney Gordon) the Tricorn Centre in Portsmouth and Trinity Square in Gateshead, which featured in the film Get Carter. Slab block, Brutalist in design. Exposed shuttered concrete (since painted), powerful massing, striking repetitive geometric forms. Original glazing has been replaced, altering the fenestration.

04 Nov2013

Mid-Century Modern House in Bristol

Richard Harding

Two storey house on a rectangular plan. Simple geometric form, closed on the front elevation, open at the rear to embrace indoor/outdoor living. Houses set at perpendicular angles creating semi-enclosed rear courtyards with screen walls, somewhat reminiscent to Utzon’s Kingo houses in Denmark (which are on an L-shaped plan). Front gabled with entrance on narrower elevation. Brick cross wall construction with strip windows and horizontal weatherboard.

29 Oct2013

Mid-Century Modern House in North London

Benham and Reeves

Designed by Neave Brown (other work includes Alexandra Road estate) completed in 1965. Striking row of 5 three storey terraced town houses which have retained their cohesion. Raised entrance accessed via dramatic semi-cylindrical concrete stairwell. Jettied upper storey. Rectangular plan. Modernist flat roof. Simply expressed elevations faced in light coloured brick.

22 Oct2013

Mid-Century Modern House in Kent

Hartley Estates

Designed by Eric Lyons for Span, Knights Croft was (partially) completed in 1969. The scheme comprises 117 houses (183 designed). Highly geometric forms set in terraced rows within a landscaped environment. Square plan with circulation space in the core. Closed front elevation, with large bands of tile and weatherboard, pierced by distinctive strip windows. Open rear elevation, with full height glazing for indoor/outdoor living. Brick flank walls. Flush eaves and sharp edge detailing. Confident, crisp and elegantly expressed.