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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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Hallfield Estate, Bishop's Bridge Road, Paddington, London: a five-storey block

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Drake & Lasdun
NOTES: Tecton were responsible for the masterplan which was developed and executed by Drake & Lasdun.

Alton West Estate, Roehampton, London: the eleven-storey maisonette slabs

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London County Council. Architects Department
NOTES: The Alton Estate is situated between Putney Heath and Richmond Park in south-west London. The smaller south-east part, Alton East, was built in 1952-1955, while the much larger north-west part, Alton West, was built in 1955-1959.

Designs for the Usk Street housing estate, Bethnal Green, London: elevation of the maisonette block

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Drake & Lasdun
NOTES: This drawing dates from between 1951 and 1953. The Usk Street estate featured 'cluster blocks' of housing. See RIBA92600 for an uncropped version of this image

Keyhouse Unibuilt prototype semi-detached houses, Coventry

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Sheppard, Sir Richard Herbert (1910-1982)
NOTES: This prefabricated steel-framed house was designed by Grey Wornum and Richard Sheppard in the early 1940s and was manufactured by Keyhouse Unibuilt. This example never went beyond its prototype stage.

Haus Scherk, Mozartstrasse 10 / Kaulbachstrasse 25, Laubwitz, Berlin: view of the front door and the end of the house featuring a semi-circular bay

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Freud, Ernst Ludwig (1892-1970)
NOTES: Haus Scherk was built for the perfume manufacture and patron of young, avant-garde architects, Ludwig Scherk.
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