Harpenden, England — Few people passing through the small English town of Harpenden, 30 miles north of London, realize it has what the architecture critic Hugh Pearman has described as “probably the best Modern house in the world.”
Nestled closely between two other quintessential period homes on a quiet residential street in London, this house went through a renovation that turned the ageing structure into a modern family home.
Effortlessly blurring the boundaries between architecture and brokerage, The Modern House has managed to achieve the impossible – actually making estate agency cool, and achingly so.
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Matt Gibberd, a co-founder of The Modern House, says: “With new-builds, the concrete frame is often left exposed on the ceiling to add some patination and texture to an otherwise crisply finished living space or bedroom.”
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Nearly all the walls, ceilings and floors in this one-bedroom ground-floor apartment are clad in pale wood. Built from cross-laminated timber, the apartment block has a striking brick exterior.
Michael Newberry is credited with building the first glass and steel house in Britain — and this three-bedroom home, which the modernist architect built for his own occupation, is a close copy.
Think wooden abode and the first thing that springs to mind is a remote cabin retreat. But these timber-frame apartments are in the heart of London’s Stoke Newington.
“Fear” and “pride” are the words that spring to Jo Lucas’s mind when recalling the five years that she and her husband Tim, both structural engineers, spent crafting their family home in Kew, London, from a row of derelict garages.
Part of a building opened by the temperance movement in 1891, the Lecture Hall is a home with low-maintenance interiors that would lend themselves well to a weekender.
With its floor-to-ceiling doors, huge space dividers on the top floor clad in seamless oak veneer that provide vast amounts of storage, handsome terrazzo kitchen with stainless steel drawers, and floating ceiling, this is vintage Chipperfield.
Designed by RIBA-award winning architect Sarah Featherstone of Featherstone Young, this converted 1866-built mill-house-and-granary includes a just-completed main house that features a spare, contemporary look.
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