Reviews

15 Oct2013

Mid-Century Modern Bungalow in Buckinghamshire

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Fine & Country

Exceptional house executed in a Mid-Century style influenced by the US “case study” programme. Single storey pavilion on an L shaped plan with linked garage. Modernist flat roof. Cross wall construction, with panels of brick, stone, glazing and contrasting horizontal weatherboard.

30 Sep2013

Mid-Century Modern House in Surrey

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Bridges Estate Agents

Exceptional development designed by Lawrence Abbott and completed 1966-69. Cluster of eight strikingly expressive blocks arranged within communal grounds. Each block contains four houses. Notable use of a broader palette of geometric shapes than the rectilinear forms typical of the Mid-Century rational aesthetic. Pale grey brick and white mortar adds to the sense of sophistication and contrasts with the black window frames.

13 Sep2013

Mid-Century Modern House in West Sussex

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Jackson-Stops & Staff

Vista Point (The Monk House) was designed by renowned British architect Patrick Gwynne (The Homewood et al) and completed in 1970. Exceptional two storey house with an hour glass shape and distinctive ‘wave-like’ roof. Presents a relatively closed form on the front elevation. Much more expressive rear elevation takes advantage of the sea views.

09 Sep2013

Mid-Century Modern House in Weybridge

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Martin Flashman & Co

Designed by Eric Lyons for Span and completed in 1965, Templemere is an exceptional mid-century estate. Sixty five houses (type T2Y and L1) are grouped in clusters within a 12 acre site, 5 of which are dense woodland leading down to a lake. Landscaping designed by Preben Jakobsen.

The T2Y terraced houses are hexagonal two storey pavilions of blue facing brick with large panels of glazing. Flat roof porch on front elevation set at oblique angle. The cluster of simple additive forms combine to create a striking composition. Clerestory roof brings light into the core of the house.

05 Sep2013

Mid-Century Modern Maisonette in Highgate

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Salter Rex

Highgate New Town was designed by Peter Tabori, Camden Architects Department, and built between 1972 and 1979. Low rise, high density, the scheme comprises three and four storey terraces, stepped (ziggurat form) on south facing elevations, and flat on north facing ones. Separate entrance for each flat/maisonette, accessed via concrete staircases. Exposed concrete floor slabs emphasise the horizontality of the design, contrasting with slender raked fins which divide each unit on the front elevation. Use of repetition of architectural elements creates a striking rhythm and brings order to the composition.

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