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The Modern Great House in the Twenty-first Century




The Modern Great House in the Twenty-first Century

Presented by Alan Powers with James Gorst

Thursday 17 March 2022 8pm

The announced lecture by The Modern House on 17/3/22 is being deferred to a later date. In its place Alan Powers will speak on The Modern Great House in the Twenty-first Century

Originally devised as a contribution to a conference on The Twenty-first Century Great House, this lecture goes back to the 1930s to ask whether there is something inherently awkward in designing a large Modernist house in a rural setting, and whether Modernism in fact works better at a more compact scale. Examples include 1960s works such as Eaton Hall, Cheshire, Patrick Gwynne’s Witley Park and Denys Lasdun’s little-known Hill House, Headley, moving on to work by John Outram, Oswald Matthias Ungers and Kathryn Findlay, before moving into more recent designs by Birds Portchmouth Russum, Richard Meier, Adam Richards and James Gorst, who will be contributing at the end of the lecture.

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Above: James Gorst Architects, Fulford Farm, Northamptonshire, 2004

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