09 Aug2013

Mid-Century Modern Flat in the Barbican

Frank Harris and Company

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. Balcony accessed via sliding window in varnished timber frame. Listed Grade II.

07 Aug2013

Mid-Century Modern Flat in London


Designed by Eric Lyons for Span, Parkleys was completed in 1956. The scheme comprises 169 flats, 6 maisonettes, and 6 shops on an 8 acre site. Three storey block on a ‘H’ shaped plan. Expressive concrete lattice panels frame the glazed entrance. Alternate bands of glazing and hanging tile on other elevations. Modernist flat roof with brick stacks. Softwood framed pivot windows, with window boxes to accent the picturesque. The idiom is one of an anglicised version of Modernism.

29 Jul2013

Mid-Century Modern House near Birmingham

Knight Frank

Designed by Danish architect A. Monrad-Hansen, completed in 1965. Exquisite two storey house on a broadly L-shaped plan. Closed single storey front elevation. Large picture windows on two storey rear elevation. Modernist flat roof and dynamic monpitch with bold fascia. Faced in light brick and contrasting horizontal black weatherboard. Hardwood window frames.

28 Jul2013

Mid-Century Modern House in Maidstone

Page and Wells

Striking two storey house, influenced in design by American (saltbox) residential architecture. Dynamic asymmetric pitched roof with wide overhanging eaves. Irregular plan. Panels of contrasting dark brick and white render, with glazing in an abstract composition on the gable ended front elevation and large picture windows on the rear. Expressive geometrically patterned pierced screen wall behind pool.

21 Jul2013

Mid-Century Modern House in Kent

Lawrence & Co

Designed by Cheney and Thorpe. Refined two storey house expressed in a rectilinear Mid-Century vocabulary. Presents a closed form on the front elevation, opening up at the rear to take advantage of its position on a slope. Notable use of ground floor clerestory windows to bring light into the core. Stacked cubic form, with inset balcony and cantilevered upper storey. Brick and hanging tile adds a vernacular accent to the composition.