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Modernism Through the Decades

To complement our Modernism style guide, RIBApix presents a visual survey of Modernist architecture from its origins in the 1920s through to 1960s. Click on the links below to view selections of images of Modernist buildings through the decades.

Feature by Suzanne Waters

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Row houses 28, 29, 30, Am Weissenhof, Weissenhofsiedlung, Stuttgart: oblique view of the street facade

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Stam, Mart (1899-1986)
NOTES: Weissenhof, located on a hillside overlooking Stuttgart, was an experimental housing settlement designed by sixteen leading architects of the Modern Movement for the 1927 exhibition 'Die Wohnung' (The Home).

House for Mr O'Flaherty, Kinsale

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Walker, Robin

Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

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Coventry City Architects Department
NOTES: Built in 1958 as part of the reconstruction of Coventry after World War II, this theatre was named in honour of the Yugoslav gift of timber used to help reconstruct the city. The theatre is a good example of the 'Festival' or 'Contemporary' style.

Chichester Festival Theatre

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Powell & Moya

The Lawn, Harlow, Essex: the Tower

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Gibberd, Sir Frederick (1908-1984)
NOTES: Harlow New Town, together with the London orbital developments of Basildon, Stevenage and Hemel Hempstead, was built after World War II to ease overcrowding in London. The masterplan for the town was drawn up by Frederick Gibberd in 1947. It is notable for being the location of the first pedestrian precinct and The Lawn, the first residential tower in Britain.
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