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Post-war Buildings: Architecture

Modernist Architecture – 20th Century Built Environment + The International Style

post updated 28 March 2024

What’s the best post-war building?

There are about half a million listed buildings in England – but only a tiny fraction were built since 1945. Normally, a building has to be 30 years old to be considered for listing and it was actually 1987 before the first post-war building gained protection, reports the BBC.

High & Over by Connell and Thomson:
High & Over
photo : Morley von Sternberg

Post-war Architecture

From large public buildings to sprawling private homes of concrete and glass, English Heritage is celebrating post-war era architecture with its exhibition Brutal and Beautiful: Saving the 20th Century. Take a look at some of the striking images featured, with curator Elain Harwood.

Post-war Buildings film – link

Brutal and Beautiful: Saving the 20th Century is open until 24 November 2013 at Wellington Arch in central London.

e-architect have some classic Modern Buildings online, such as Mies van der Rohe’s Tugendhat Villa & Barcelona Pavilion, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim Museum, housing by Berthold Lubetkin and Le Corbusier’s Ville Savoie.

Another UK Post-war Buildings film link:

Coming to Terms with Modern Times: English architecture in the post-war era – Simon Thurley:
Film on YouTube

Published on 5 Apr 2013
The Second World War intensified and magnified debates that had been current amongst architects since 1914. It also marks a fault line in English architectural history. Architects, supported by politicians, decisively moved away from tradition and sought to create a new language of architecture. Some loved it, but unfortunately the public grew to hate it.

Another UK Post-war Architecture film link:

Brutal & Beautiful: What is Brutalism?

Published on 25 Nov 2013
The Brutal and Beautiful exhibition takes its name from the term “New Brutalism,” a style coined by English architects Alison and Peter Smithson in 1953, “their phrase stood not for chunky concrete but for the use of natural materials honestly expressed, as was first seen in Derek Sugden’s house in Watford.” This short film also features the Grade *II listed Balfron Tower in London, designed by Ernő Goldfinger.

Modern Architecture – Major Modernist Buildings

Most of these Modern buildings exude purity – simple forms, floating planes / cantilevers, white facades, strip windows – typical of Modernist Architecture.

These Modern buildings feature in standard Histories of Architecture Books, alphabetical:

Barcelona Pavilion, Spain
1929; reconstructed 1983-86
Design: Mies van der Rohe Architect
Modern building
photograph © Adrian Welch
Barcelona Pavilion – probably the most famous Modern building in the world

Farnsworth House, Illinois, USA
Design: Mies van der Rohe Architect
Farnsworth House
photo © gm+ad architects
Farnsworth House

Florida Southern Colleges – Child of the Sun, Florida, USA
Design: Frank Lloyd Wright
Annie Pfeiffer Chapel
photograph © Robin Hill
Child of the Sun Buildings

High & Over, Amersham, England
Design: Connell and Thomson / Architect: Amyas Connell
High & Over
photo : Morley von Sternberg
Modern English house – one of the first Modern houses in England

Highpoint I, Highgate, London, UK
Design: Berthold Lubetkin Architect
Modernist Housing
photograph © Adrian Welch
Modernist Housing : Highpoint Buildings

Hilversum Town Hall, The Netherlands
Design: Willem Marinus Dudok
Hilversum Raadhuis
photo © Adrian Welch
Hilversum Town Hall Building

860-880 Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, USA
Design: Mies van der Rohe Architect
Modern Chicago building
photo : William Zbaren
Lake Shore Drive Towers

Lawn Road Flats, London, UK
Design: Wells Coates
Lawn Road Flats London
photograph © Adrian Welch
Isokon : Modern British building – classic white Modernist purity

Martin House Complex, Buffalo, USA
Design: Frank Lloyd Wright Architect
Frank Lloyd Wright House in Buffalo
photograph : Biff Henrich / courtesy MHRC
Modern Building in Buffalo
This is an interesting residential complex designed by one of the most celebrated architects of the 20th Century, Frank Lloyd Wright. It is the largest of his Prairie houses in the Eastern United States.

Miller House, Indiana, USA
Design: Eero Saarinen architect
Modern Architecture
photograph Courtesy of the Indianapolis Museum of Art
Miller House

Sanatorium Zonnestraal, Hilversum, The Netherlands
Design: Jan Duiker with Bernard Bijvoet and Jan Gerko Wiebenga
Sanatorium Zonnestraal Hilversum
photo © Adrian Welch
Sanatorium Zonnestraal
This famous Modernist building appears in most histories of 20th Century Architecture and the Modern Movement.

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA
Design: Frank Lloyd Wright
Guggenheim Museum New York
picture : David M. Heald, © SRGF, New York
Guggenheim Museum New York – organic Modernist architecture

Tugendhat Villa, Brno, Czech Republic
Design: Mies van der Rohe Architect
Tugendhat Villa Brno Modern house
picture from architects
Modern Architecture : Tugendhat Villa Brno

Unité d’Habitation building, Berlin, Germany
Design: Le Corbusier Architect
Unité d'Habitation Berlin
photo © Isabelle Lomholt
Modern Berlin Housing – Modernist design emanating from France

Villa Savoie, Poissy, France
Design: Le Corbusier Architect
Le Corbusier building
building image © Rebecca Breun
Villa Savoie by Le Corbusier – famous Modernist architecture

More Modern Architecture online soon

Modern Architecture Funding – Getty Foundation Keeping it Modern – 29 Jul 2016

Location: UK

Post-war Building Designs & Architects

Modern Architects

Le Corbusier Show : The Interior of the Cabanon
Cabanon interior
interior photo : Andrea Ferrari
Modern Architecture Exhibition : RIBA, London

Le Corbusier

Mies Van der Rohe

Walter Gropius

Louis Kahn

American Le Corbusier building: UN Building New York

Modern Architecture House : Frank Lloyd Wright house
Modern house
photograph © Adrian Welch

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