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At Home in Britain: Designing the House of Tomorrow

The exhibition 'At Home in Britain' re-examined how we live and speculated on the future of housing in Britain. Taking the cottage, the terraced house and the flat as a starting point and using  the RIBA Collections as stimulus, six newly commissioned works from contemporary architecture practices Jamie Fobert ArchitectsMaison Edouard FrançoisMecanooStudio Weave and vPPR transform these three familiar housing types to reflect the way we live and work in the 21st century.

Here RIBApix features three galleries of these housing types to highlight the huge range of material held in the RIBA Collections. Discover the remarkable variety of cottages often shaped by locally available building materials. Explore the development of flats from model housing and seminal Modern Movement blocks including Highpoint One to post war reconstruction and notorious housing failures such as Hutchesontown C which had replaced the tenement blocks of the Gorbals. Witness how terraced housing functions at all levels of society and continues to be adapted in modern styles.

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Penthouse, Highpoint Two, North Hill, Highgate, London: the living room with home-made furniture seen from the entrance door

Lubetkin & Tecton
NOTES: On completion the penthouse was occupied by Berthold and Margaret Lubetkin who furnished it with pieces made by themselves.

Isokon Flats, Lawn Road, Hampstead, London

Coates, Wells Wintemute (1895-1958)

Housing, Queen Elizabeth Square, Hutchesontown C, Gorbals, Glasgow

Sir Basil Spence Glover & Ferguson
NOTES: Hutchesontown C was the name given to a so-called Comprehensive Development Area (CDA) of an area of the city of Glasgow, designed by Basil Spence in 1960-1965. The design of the central 20-storey block was inspired by Le Corbusier's Unite d'Habitation, Marseille. It was demolished in 1993.

Barbican estate, City of London: full-scale mock-up of kitchen

Chamberlin Powell & Bon
NOTES: This was a full-scale mock-up of a kitchen designed for the Barbican estate, built in the architect's studios.

Balfron Tower, Rowlett Street, Poplar, London

Goldfinger, Erno (1902-1987)

Design for a gardener's cottage at Laverstoke House, Hampshire, for Melville Porter, MP: perspective

Hardwick, Philip Charles (1822-1892)
NOTES: This drawing was exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, in 1854 (no. 1180).

View from the cottage of Humphry Repton at Hare Street, Essex, after proposed alterations

Repton, Humphry (1752-1818)
SOURCE: Humphry Repton. Fragments on the theory and practice of landscape gardening (London, 1816), after p. 232

Grand Union Walk housing, Camden, London

Nicholas Grimshaw & Partners

Ainslie Place, New Town, Edinburgh: view from Great Stuart Street

Graham, James Gillespie (1776-1855)

Templeton College, Woodstock Road, Oxford: the study-bedrooms

Ahrends Burton & Koralek
NOTES: This constituent college of the University of Oxford was founded in 1965 as the Oxford Centre for Management Studies. It was renamed Templeton College in 1983. Ahrends Burton & Koralek were responsible for the design of the college facilities between 1969 and 1996.

Terraced houses, Turnpike Place, Crawley, West Sussex: view over the back garden wall

Phippen Randall & Parkes
NOTES: This is one of the images taken for 'Manplan 8: Housing' in Architectural Review, vol. 148, 1970 Sep.

Design for a woodman's cottage

Hall, John (fl. 1825)
SOURCE: John Hall. Novel designs for cottages, small farms and schools (London, 1825), design no. 11

Model Houses for Families (now Parnell House), Streatham Street, London

Roberts, Henry (1803-1876)
SOURCE: Builder, vol. 7, 1849 July 14, p. 326 NOTES: Roberts's block of flats for 48 families was one of the early philanthropic housing schemes in London. This is his earliest housing project still standing and featured fireproof construction, access by wrought-iron balconies, and water-closets in each flat - revolutionary for working class dwellings at the time. The block was restored in 1956 by Sir Frederick Gibberd & Partners.

Puckaster Cottage, near Niton, Isle of Wight

Lugar, Robert (1773-1855)
SOURCE: Robert Lugar. Villa architecture (London, 1828), pl. 11

Terraced houses, Brunswick Square, Hove

Busby, Charles Augustin (1786-1834)

Thatched cottages, Milton Abbas, Dorset

Chambers, Sir William (1723-1796)
NOTES: The market town of Milton Abbas was demolished in its entirety by the Earl of Dochester between 1771 and 1790. He commissioned Capability Brown the plans for a new village, consisting mainly of cottages lining up the main street. The cottages were designed by Sir William Chambers.

Designs for peasant's huts

Malton, James (1765-1803)
SOURCE: James Malton. An essay on British cottage architecture (London, 1798), pl. 3