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Modern Housing – 20th Century Homes

Major 20th Century Residential Projects – Modernist Homes from around the world

post updated 16 August 2021

Modernist Housing

This page lists the principal Modern residential designs across the globe. We aim to select Modern buildings + designs that are either of top quality or interesting or ideally both.

We cover completed Modern buildings plus architectural exhibitions and talks re 20th Century homes.

Modern Apartments – Major Property

860-880 Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Date built: 1951
Design: Mies van der Rohe Architect
Lake Shore Drive Towers
photo : William Zbaren
Lake Shore Drive Towers
This famous Modern building consists of two 26-story, exposed steel and glass apartment towers set at right angles on an irregular travertine plaza. Based on ideas and theories Mies had been perfecting since his earliest days as an independent architect in 1920s Berlin, the buildings redefined highrise living for the post-war generation. They were the most radical buildings of their age said US architect Ron Krueck.

Modern Residential Building – Featured Properties

Highpoint flats, Highgate, North London, south east England, UK
Date built: 1935
Design: Berthold Lubetkin Architect
Highpoint flats - Modern Housing London
photo © Adrian Welch
The two apartment blocks – Highpoint One and Two in Highgate, north London – are the most celebrated of Lubetkin and Tecton’s 1930s works. Completed in 1935 and 1938 respectively the buildings were commissioned by Sigmund Gestetner, proprietor of the office machinery company then based in nearby Tottenham. Both buildings are now listed Grade I. Highpoint One is usually regarded as the best work, being the first authoritative example of international Modern architecture in England.

Lawn Road Flats, London, England, UK
Date built: 1934
Design: Wells Coates
Lawn Road Flats
image © Nick Weall
Lawn Road Flats – London Modern Housing
Mid-late 30’s Modernism: The Isokon building in Lawn Road, Hampstead, London, is a concrete block of 34 flats designed by architect Wells Coates for Molly and Jack Pritchard. They were built as an experiment in communal living. Most of the flats had very small kitchens as there was a large communal kitchen for the preparation of meals, connected to the residential floors via a dumb waiter. Services, including laundry and shoe-shining, were provided on site.

Modern Housing Designs

Key Modernist Residential Projects, alphabetical:

The Barbican Complex, London, England, UK
Date built: 1982
Architects: Chamberlin, Powell and Bon
Barbican Centre - Modern Housing
photo © Nick Weall
Barbican Centre

Golden Lane Estate, London, England, UK
Date built: 1953
Design: Chamberlin Powell & Bon
Modern Housing - Golden Lane Estate
photograph © Nick Weall
Golden Lane Estate

Nieuwmarkt housing, The Netherlands
Date built: 1975
Design: Van Eyck & Bosch
Van Eyck building
picture © Adrian Welch
Nieuwmarkt housing, Amsterdam

10 Palace Gate, London, England, UK
Date built: 1939
Architect: Wells Coates
10 Palace Gate
photo © Nick Weall
10 Palace Gate

Robin Hood Gardens, east London, England, UK
Date built: 1972
Architects: Alison & Peter Smithson
East London housing
photograph : Isabelle Lomholt
Robin Hood Gardens

Unité d’Habitation, Berlin, Germany
Date built: 1959
Design: Le Corbusier Architect
Unité d'Habitation Berlin
photo © Isabelle Lomholt
Le Corbusier Building Berlin

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Modern Residential Buildings – No Images

Pessac housing, France
Date built: 1926
Design: Le Corbusier

Siedlung Halen, Switzerland
Date built: 1961
Design: Atelier 5
Modern housing stepping down hillside

Unité d’Habitation, Marseilles, France
Date built: 1952
Design: Le Corbusier

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Farnsworth House, Illinois, USA
Date built: 1950
Design: Mies van der Rohe Architect
Farnsworth House
image © gm+ad architects
Farnsworth House – classic Modern home

Modern Architecture : Tugendhat Villa Brno

Villa Savoie, Poissy, France
Date built: 1929
Design: Le Corbusier Architect
Le Corbusier building
building image © Rebecca Breun
Villa Savoie by Le Corbusier – Modern French house

Zimmermann House, New Hampshire, USA
Date built: 1950
Design: Frank Lloyd Wright
Frank Lloyd Wright house
photograph © Adrian Welch
Modern Architecture House

Copenhagen Housing – major new homes in the Danish capital city

Paris Housing – key residential property in the French capital

Website: Glasgow Housing

American Housing : key US residential property designs

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Buildings / photos for the Modern Housing Design20th Century Residential Architecture page welcome