“Casablanca presents one of the best models of modernism”

The cohesive core of Casablanca, Morocco, is unmatched by few city centres and shows how modernism can be used to its full potential on a large scale, says recent visitor Aaron Betsky. At the corner, the white box fractures. A bay window at the base, framed with stone, in the floors above turns into an

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New owners preserve mid-century modern Indiana home

A 1960s prefabricated dwelling in northern Indiana has been preserved by Karen Valentine and Bob Coscarelli, who purchased the home without ever seeing it in person. The Frost House is located in Michigan City, a town along Lake Michigan where many Chicago residents have summer homes. Other notable architecture in the area includes several “Century of

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Modernist bank to be razed for Gehry’s Sunset Strip development

Los Angeles officials have approved plans to demolish a mid-century modern bank by architect Kurt Meyer in order to build Frank Gehry’s mixed-use complex on the city’s Sunset Strip. LA’s court of appeal gave Gehry’s 8150 Sunset Boulevard project permission to raze the modernist Lytton Savings building on Friday 23 March 2018. Meyer’s 20,000-square-foot (1,850-square-metre)

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SOM’s modernist Park Avenue skyscraper faces demolition

A 1960s Midtown Manhattan skyscraper by architecture firm SOM will become the largest building ever to be deliberately destroyed, when it is knocked down in favour of a new tower that will soar 150 metres taller. The 270 Park Avenue high-rise is the headquarters of American bank JPMorgan Chase, which announced last week that it plans

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William F Cody designed Abernathy House for poolside parties in Palm Springs

Our series profiling the mid-century marvels of Palm Springs during the city’s Modernism Week concludes with the Abernathy House by American architect William F Cody, which was designed to maximise outdoor living. Cody designed the house in 1962 for James Logan Abernathy, a wealthy socialite in Palm Springs and the son of a pioneering furniture

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A-frame roofs form Charles DuBois’ Swiss Miss houses in Palm Springs

As we near the end of our series celebrating Palm Springs’ mid-century architecture, coinciding with the city’s Modernism Week, here’s a look at the chalet-esque houses that Charles DuBois designed to stand out from their neighbours. The Swiss Miss Houses were built in the Vista Las Palmas neighbourhood of Palm Springs, which was undergoing development in

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Canopies and porticos shade outdoor spaces at Albert Frey’s Palm Springs City Hall

Our series covering modernist architecture in Palm Springs continues with the city’s municipal building, designed by Swiss architect Albert Frey to include large canopies over its entrances – one with palm trees growing through its centre. Frey – who was prolific in the city – completed the Palm Springs City Hall in 1952, in the modernist

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Donald Wexler pioneered prefab living in Palm Springs with Steel Houses

The seven experimental steel-framed houses that architect Donald Wexler built in Palm Springs are early examples of customisable prefab homes, and are next in our series celebrating the city’s mid-century architecture for this year’s Modernism Week. Palm Springs-based Wexler and his partner Richard Harrison designed the seven Steel Development Houses to provide a housing model

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John Lautner’s concrete domed Elrod House overlooks Coachella Valley

We’re continuing our series on modernist buildings in Palm Springs with American architect John Lautner’s Arthur Elrod House, which has a dome-shaped concrete roof and a half-moon swimming pool that featured in the James Bond film Diamonds Are Forever. The residence sits on an elevated site in Palm Springs’ Araby Cove neighbourhood, facing north to

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Twin Palms by E Stewart Williams provided a private retreat for Frank Sinatra

Our series covering the best mid-century architecture in Palm Springs, to coincide with the California city’s Modernism Week, continues with the sprawling estate created for music and film legend Frank Sinatra. Twin Palms was designed by E Stewart Williams, one of several architects that have become synonymous with Palm Springs’ unique brand of “desert modernism”.

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Modernist Bank of America in Palm Springs is modelled on a Le Corbusier chapel

This vibrant bank by architect Rudy Baumfield, based on Le Corbusier’s famed Ronchamp chapel, is next in our series profiling Palm Springs’ many impressive mid-century buildings during the city’s Modernism Week. Constructed in 1959, the Bank of America building takes cues from a design built five years earlier by Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier, as noted on

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Richard Neutra’s Kaufmann House epitomises desert modernism in Palm Springs

The second in our series highlighting the best buildings in Palm Springs during the city’s Modernism Week is Richard Neutra’s Kaufmann House, one of the most revered examples of residential architecture in the style. Built in 1946, the boxy two-storey residence has many defining elements of modern architecture – a flat roof, pale exterior and

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Tramway Gas Station by Frey and Chambers is a modernist gatehouse for Palm Springs

Palm Springs Modernism Week kicks off today, and we’re taking a closer look at some of the city’s best mid-century buildings to coincide with the event. First up is the Tramway Gas Station, designed by architects Albert Frey and Robson Chambers to mark the entrance into the modernist mecca. The station is located on the

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“Can modernism be explained without an architectural education?”

In the 1970s, the Open University offered a course on the history of architecture and design. Architects can learn a lot from it, says Owen Hatherley. Why don’t ordinary people understand modern architecture? It’s a question that comes up now and again in what architects like to call “the profession”. If only these people understood

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A Prefabricated Home in Rural Spain

Madrid-based architecture firm Baragaño Architects have designed a prefabricated home, which only took four months to produce and five hours to erect. Transported 600 miles across the Cantabrian Mountains, ‘Casa Montaña‘ now sits proudly am…

Klopf Architecture updates mid-century modern Eichler home in Silicon Valley

San Francisco studio Klopf Architecture has renovated and expanded a mid-century modern home in northern California that was built by pioneering post-war real-estate developer Joseph Eichler. The 2,285-square-foot (212-square-metre) dwelling is located in the San Mateo Highlands neighbourhood, which features numerous modern homes built by Eichler in the 1950s and 1960s. Eichler, who died in

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American modernist architect Albert C Ledner dies aged 93

Albert C Ledner, an apprentice to Frank Lloyd Wright who helped proliferate modern architecture across the US, has died in New Hampshire aged 93. Ledner, who died last Monday, 13 November 2017, was best known for his trio of meeting halls and facilities for the National Maritime Union. They include a building in Manhattan’s Chelsea

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Richard Neutra’s Chuey House up for sale as a developable lot

A midcentury Hollywood Hills home designed by modernist architect Richard Neutra is potentially in jeopardy, as the property has hit the market as “a unique development opportunity”. The two adjacent lots that make up the Chuey House property have been posted on a real-estate site as one listing, described as “collectively ideal for a compound,

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11 important modernist buildings in Columbus, Indiana

The architecture of Columbus, Indiana, has made the city an unlikely modernist mecca and is used as the setting for a new feature film. We’ve rounded up 11 of the best examples, which include a house by Eero Saarinen, a fire station by Robert Venturi and a library by IM Pei. First Christian Church by

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Columbus movie spotlights Indiana city’s “modernism with a soul”

A new movie set in the unlikely modernist mecca of Columbus, Indiana, sheds light on the city’s architectural gems and uses an interpersonal tale to question their importance today. Released last month, the film follows the story of an architecture fanatic’s evolving relationship with an architectural historian’s son, as they both remain tied to Columbus

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“We have much to learn from the ‘timber constructivists'”

Architects designing for America’s future suburbs should look back to the country’s unsung modernists, who created site-appropriate and liveable timber homes across the USA, says Aaron Betsky in this Opinion column. Drive around the suburbs that arose around most American cities immediately before and after the second world war and you can spot them immediately:

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In Situ Studio revives mid-century modern home in North Carolina

American firm In Situ Studio has overhauled a mid-century modern dwelling in Raleigh, North Carolina, that had been “haphazardly chopped up” over the years. The Ocotea House is situated within a suburban neighbourhood dotted with mature trees. The brick, ranch-style home was built in 1959 and had been significantly altered over the years. “What was

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Cary Tamarkin constructs Island Creek home in the Hamptons with local materials

New York City architect-developer Cary Tamarkin has built a modernist home in the Hamptons using locally sourced wood and stone, to match the area’s historic architecture. Tamarkin constructed the Island Creek house in Southhampton, a getaway destination for affluent New Yorkers escaping the city’s summer heat. The design nods to Long Island’s vernacular “beach modernism”

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Studio William Hefner completes modernist Beverly Hills house for an art collector

Los Angeles-based Studio William Hefner has taken cues from Californian modernism to complete this house for an art collector that overlooks Beverly Hills. Studio William Hefner was tasked to design the residence in Beverly Hills’ Trousdale Estate, following the client’s unsuccessful search for a mid-century modern home with a large enough wall space to hang the larger artworks in

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A New Renovation For The Wimbledon House

Originally built in 1968 for the parents of celebrated architect Richard Rogers, the Wimbledon House in southwest London has undergone a renovation. Following a brief from Harvard, the project was led by Philip Gumuchdjian and landscape architect Todd …

Five influential projects by Northwest modern architect John Yeon

Mid-century Portland architect John Yeon is the subject of an exhibition at the city’s art museum. Here’s a look at five buildings that demonstrate his Northwest modern style. The son of a wealthy Oregon road builder, Yeon designed his first house aged 27 and became synonymous with Northwest modernism through a series of subsequent commissions. Many of his

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Portland Art Museum spotlights local modernist architect John Yeon

The life and work of modernist architect John Yeon is the focus of an exhibition at Portland Art Museum, which aims to elevate his profile and highlight his contribution to the area. Quest for Beauty: The Architecture, Landscapes and Collections of John Yeon delves into the legacy of the local architect. Relatively unknown in other

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Guard Tillman Pollock slots modernist-styled Holm House behind Highgate residence

British firm Guard Tillman Pollock punched a hole through a detached Edwardian property in north London to create a driveway leading to this modernist-inspired house that faces onto a secluded garden. The existing house is situated on a landlocked site at the end of a terrace in Highgate, north London. Its previous owners had also purchased an

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Philip Johnson’s first residential project hits the market for $1 million

The first house designed by American architect Philip Johnson has been put up for sale by its owners, after 55 years living in the Upstate New York residence. On the market for $1 million (£775,000), the Booth House was built in 1946 in Bedford, New York – close to the modernist haven of New Canaan,

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Brazil’s president flees “ghosts” at his Oscar Niemeyer-designed home

The Brazilian president has moved out of his official residence in Brasília, designed by the late architect Oscar Niemeyer, after sensing “bad energy” and fearing it could be haunted. Michel Temer, 76, and his wife Marcela, 33, have deserted the Palácio da Alvorada, completed by Niemeyer in 1958, because of its spooky atmosphere. “I felt

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Colossal Amsterdam housing block brought up to date with customisable apartments

Dutch studios NL Architects and XVW Architectuur have renovated one of the largest apartment buildings in the Netherlands, restoring the repetitive gridded facades of the 1960s block but leaving the flats bare for residents to customise. The Bijlmermeer building was designed in the sixties by Dutch architect Siegfried Nassuth for a site to the south east of Amsterdam

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CL3VER launches virtual tour of Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona Pavilion

Those unable to visit Mies van der Rohe’s iconic Barcelona Pavilion can now tour the building remotely through a virtual-reality experience created by architectural visualisation studio CL3VER. Barcelona-based 3D visualisation studio CL3VER worked with the Mies van der Rohe Foundation to create the virtual tour, which gives users 360-degree views of each aspect of the Barcelona Pavilion. The tour is hosted

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Modernist desert homes by o2 Architecture and Al Beadle complete in Palm Springs

Lance O’Donnell of o2 Architecture has overseen the completion of two dwellings in Palm Springs – a contemporary home he designed, and a never-built residence by famed mid-century modernist architect Al Beadle. The homes are referred to as the Miele Chino Canyon Project — a reference to their location within the Southern California city. The dwellings

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Exhibition reveals role of modernist architecture in liberated African nations

A current show at New York’s Center for Architecture reveals how several sub-Saharan African countries used modernist architecture to assert their identities, following a break from colonial rule in the 20th century. The exhibition, Architecture of Independence – African Modernism, explores the history and legacy of modernist architecture in Ghana, Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya and

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Eight mid-century houses that prove Palm Springs is a modernist mecca

To coincide with Palm Springs Modernism Week, we’ve picked out the Californian desert city’s best examples of mid-century residential architecture, which have hosted celebrities including Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra. Palm Springs boasts one of the best collections of modernist architecture in the world. Wealthy clients and celebrities from nearby Los Angeles and across the

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1930s modernist Aluminaire House moves cross-country to Palm Springs

A historic, ready-to-assemble metal home by noted modernist architect Albert Frey is moving from a New York storage unit to Southern California this week. On 9 February 2017, the Aluminaire House – which is currently disassembled – will be removed from storage in Long Island and be driven across America to Palm Springs, where it

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The Edris House By E. Stewart Williams

Built in 1954 by a prolific modernist architect E. Stewart Williams, ‘The Edris House‘ became an immediate phenomenon. Today, the property stays true to its original design, offering a journey back in time.
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10 modernist architectural marvels on America’s West Coast

From the hundreds of modernist buildings, complexes and communes along the US Pacific Coast, author Sam Lubell has selected 10 of the must-see examples. The western states of Washington, Oregon and California are home to some of America’s, and arguably the world’s, best examples of modernist architecture. California in particular became synonymous with its abundance

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Competition: win a book documenting America’s mid-century architecture

Dezeen has partnered with Taschen to give readers the chance to win a copy of Modernism Rediscovered, which features images of buildings from the USA’s mid-century modern movement taken by late photographer Julius Shulman. Comprising three volumes and a slipcase, the new release documents a lifetime of images by Schulman, a prolific 20th-century architectural photographer. “The

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Struere builds Hollywood home to help revive mid-century modernism

This house in the Hollywood Hills, by Los Angeles firm Struere, promises to “renew the modern living promise” by extending the indoor spaces to the exterior. The single-bedroom residence was built on the same site as an existing house by modernist architect Milton Caughey. Its two volumes are connected by a central void in which

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Modernist stadium in Cambodia captured in new photos by Virgile Simon Bertrand

These images by French photographer Virgile Simon Bertrand show a concrete stadium in Cambodia, which was designed by architect Vann Molyvann for a Southeast Asian Games that never took place (+ slideshow). The National Olympic Stadium is one of the most famous projects by Molyvann – arguably Cambodia’s most prolific Modernist architect – but it was actually never intended More

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Eight of the most majestic Modernist-influenced churches in Iceland

Iceland’s dramatic landscape is dotted with equally spectacular religious architecture. Here’s eight of our favourite churches built in the country’s unique style, which take cues from Modernism (+ slideshow). Hallgrímskirkja, Reykjavík by Guðjón Samúelsson, 1986 Reykjavík’s impressive cathedral was designed by Guðjón Samúelsson, one of Iceland’s most notable Modernist architects who worked on a number of More

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Mohican Hills House by Robert Gurney Architect overlooks the Potomac River

This single family home built by Robert Gurney Architect outside Washington DC takes cues from its many Mid-century Modern neighbours (+ slideshow). The four-bedroom residence is located in the neighbourhood of Glen Echo, in the state of Maryland. “This community boasts an unusually high percentage of contemporary and Mid-century Modern houses relative to most Washington More

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Discover Le Corbusier’s most important architecture on Dezeen’s new Pinterest board

World Heritage Corb: many of French-Swiss architect Le Corbusier’s most important works feature on our latest Pinterest board, which we’ve created to mark the end of our series exploring the 17 of his buildings recently added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Follow Dezeen on Pinterest | See more Le Corbusier in our archive

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Eight Modernist visitor centres from the USA’s Mission 66 National Park programme

The USA’s National Park Service celebrates its centenary this week. We’ve picked out eight of the best visitors centres and amenities designed as part of its Mission 66 project, which took place 50 years ago (+ slideshow). Mission 66 was a 10-year building programme that aimed to expand visitors services to the parks in the decade More

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Julius Shulman’s Modernism Rediscovered photos show America’s mid-century architecture

These images taken by late photographer Julius Shulman show buildings from the USA’s Mid-century Modern movement that “slipped from public view” (+ slideshow). A prolific 20th-century architectural photographer, Shulman built up relationships with a number of Modernist architects – particularly California’s Richard Neutra, John Lautner, R M Schindler and Gregory Ain. His photos of their More

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Rotating and tilting ReActor house accommodates two artists for five days

A pair of artists built and lived in this house balanced on a pole in upstate New York, which spun around and inclined as they moved around it during their week-long residency (+ movie). Ward Shelley and Alex Schweder built the inhabitable ReActor structure at the OMI Art Center, which is located in the Hudson Valley More

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Le Corbusier’s Claude et Duval Factory demonstrates his Modulor proportion system

World Heritage Corb: French-Swiss architect Le Corbusier’s humble hosiery factory in France was one of the first buildings designed with proportions based on his innovative Modulor system, and has recently been added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List (+ slideshow). Located in the town of Saint-Dié, France, near the German border, the factory has been listed More

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Le Corbusier’s Maison Curutchet in Argentina has a tree at its centre

World Heritage Corb: commissioned by an Argentinian surgeon, Maison Curutchet is the only project in Latin America among the 17 Le Corbusier-designed buildings added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List (+ slideshow). Maison Curutchet was built by the Swiss-French architect for De Pedro Domingo Curutchet. Located in La Plata, Argentina, the house is attached to an existing More

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Le Corbusier’s Immeuble Molitor provides residents with “sky, trees, steel and concrete”

World Heritage Corb: a 1930s apartment building in Paris designed by French-Swiss architect Le Corbusier, intended to afford residents a contemporary lifestyle, is among his projects recently added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List (+ slideshow). The Immeuble Molitor apartment building he designed near the Porte Molitor, in Paris’ 16th arrondissement, was an attempt to prove Le More

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Le Corbusier’s Chandigarh government buildings captured in new images by Benjamin Hosking

World Heritage Corb: for the next instalment in our series on the 17 Le Corbusier buildings added to UNESCO’s World Heritage list, Australian photographer Benjamin Hosking shares new images of Capitol Complex in Chandigarh – the Indian city that gave the architect a chance to test his Modernist theories on a grand scale (+ slideshow). The Capitol Complex is made up of three concrete More

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Le Corbusier’s Immeuble Clarté housing informed his Unité d’Habitation design

World Heritage Corb: long before he built the famed Cité Radieuse in Marseille, French-Swiss architect Le Corbusier explored similar housing principles for the 1932 Immeuble Clarté in Geneva – one of 17 of his buildings added to UNESCO’s World Heritage list (+ slideshow). The Modernist housing unit that Le Corbusier designed with his cousin Pierre Jeanneret More

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Toshiko Mori expands Marcel Breuer-designed residence with glazed addition

New York architect Toshiko Mori has renovated and extended a building originally designed by famed Modernist architect Marcel Breuer as a personal residence, connecting two structures with a glass-enclosed staircase (+ slideshow). The scope of Mori’s work consisted of updates to the home, completed by Breuer in 1951, as well as the addition of a new More

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Getty Foundation donates over $1 million to preserve Modern architectural landmarks

Lina Bo Bardi’s first building and Eileen Gray’s villa defaced by Le Corbusier are among the structures that will receive conservation grants from the LA-based Getty Foundation, as part of its initiative to preserve Modernist architecture from the 20th century (+ slideshow). The Getty Foundation announced this week it is contributing $1.3 million (£976,000) in More

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Where Modernism Meets Transparency

An extension of Tilburg University campus in The Netherlands, the Faculty Club strongly relates to the university modernist architectural tradition.
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