Spreading the Word: 1930s Modern Movement Architecture

From the late 1920s to the early-mid 1930s English translations appear of key texts by these two architects. ((Le Corbusier Towards a New Architecture (1927) and Walter Gropius The New Architecture and the Bauhaus (1935)). European architects fleeing Nazi persecution come to England and put their Modernist ideas into practice and Modernist ideas feed into the architecture schools. At the Architectural Association, for example, young Denys Lasdun is studying and later designs 32 Newton Road. Berthold Lubetkin also comes to London from Paris and sets up his architectural practice Tecton and designs Highpoint. The Canadian architect Wells Coates designs the Isokon flats in Hampstead and in America Rudolf Schindler (originally from Austria) designs a modernist beach house in California.

 

See also: 1920s1940s1950s1960s or return to Modernism Through the Decades.

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RIBA135139Gaumont State cinema, Kilburn High Road, London, at night

 
RIBA135140Little Venice, London

 
RIBA135141Lloyds, City of London


RIBA135142Lloyds, City of London

 
RIBA135143Kenwood House, Hampstead, London: the south front under snow

 
RIBA135144Harrods Department Store, Knightsbridge, London, at night


RIBA135145Harrods Department Store, Knightsbridge, London, at night

 
RIBA135146Distant view of the City of London skyline showing the Gherkin (Swiss Re 30 St Mary Axe), from 'More London'

 
RIBA135147Distant view of the City of London skyline showing the Gherkin (Swiss Re 30 St Mary Axe), from 'More London'


RIBA135148Statue of Eros, Piccadilly, London

 
RIBA135149View of Tower Bridge from near City Hall, London, at dawn

 
RIBA135150Trellick Tower, Cheltenham Estate, Edenham Street, North Kensington, London


RIBA13515102 Arena (Millennium Dome), North Greenwich, London, just before dawn

 
RIBA13515202 Arena (Millennium Dome), North Greenwich, London, at dawn

 
RIBA135153OXO Tower, South Bank, Southwark, London, at night


RIBA1351545 Merchant Square, Paddington Basin, London

 
RIBA1351555 Merchant Square, Paddington Basin, London

 
RIBA135156West End Quay, Paddington Basin, London


RIBA135157West End Quay, Paddington Basin, London

 
RIBA135158West End Quay, Paddington Basin, London

 
RIBA135159Paddington Station. London


RIBA135160Paddington Basin, London: Paddington Station train shed seen from the rear

 
RIBA135161 Houses of Parliament, Palace of Westminster, London, at night

 
RIBA135162Royal Festival Hall, South Bank, London, seen from the Hungerford footbridge at night


RIBA135163Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London, at night

 
RIBA135164South Kilburn Estate, London: detail of one of the new blocks along Albert Road

 
RIBA135165South Kilburn Estate, London: detail of one of the new blocks along Albert Road under construction


RIBA135166Southall Central Buildings, London

 
RIBA135167Southall Water Tower, London

 
RIBA135168Southall Water Tower, London


RIBA135169St Paul's Cathedral, City of London, at night

 
RIBA135170St Paul's Cathedral, City of London, at night