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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RIBA3389-55Walter Gropius, Le Corbusier, Marcel Breuer and Sven Markelius discussing UNESCO building, Paris

 
RIBA3390-55Designs for Spade House, Radnor Cliff Crescent, Sandgate, Kent, for H. G. Wells: perspectives of entrance and garden fronts with plans (design almost as executed)

 
RIBA3391-55Hopkins' House, Downshire Hill, Hampstead, London: the garden front


RIBA3392-55City Hall (GLA building), The Queen's Walk, South Bank, Southwark, London

 
RIBA3393-55Selfridges department store, Bull Ring, Birmingham: detail of the the curved exterior clad in aluminium spun discs

 
RIBA3394-551-3 Willow Road, Hampstead, London: the street facade


RIBA3395-55The Arion, Ainsdale, Southport, Lancashire: the bar with low relief mural 'The Legend of Arion' by William Mitchell

 
RIBA3396-55Hinckley Upper School, Leicestershire: construction in acrylic box 'Abacus'

 
RIBA3397-55Artwork created for housing and other community facilities in the London area: unidentified mural, paint being poured into mould


RIBA3398-55Artwork created for housing and other community facilities in the London area: unidentified mural with bird motif

 
RIBA3399-55Artwork created for housing and other community facilities in the London area: unidentified mural on stairs

 
RIBA3400-55Artwork created for housing and other community facilities in the London area: unidentified mural


RIBA3401-56Artwork created for housing and other community facilities in the London area: unidentified mural: head and shoulders of a man

 
RIBA3402-56Artwork created for housing and other community facilities in the London area: white mural with animal and plant motif

 
RIBA3403-56Artwork created for housing and other community facilities in the London area: mural


RIBA3404-56Artwork created for housing and other community facilities in the London area: manufacture of a mural using a press

 
RIBA3405-56Artwork created for housing and other community facilities in the London area: children posing in front of the mural in situ

 
RIBA3406-56Artwork created for housing and other community facilities in the London area: mural


RIBA3407-56Artwork created for housing and other community facilities in the London area: detail of mural

 
RIBA3408-56Artwork created for housing and other community facilities in the London area

 
RIBA3409-56Artwork created for housing and other community facilities in the London area: mural design being made from polystyrene


RIBA3410-56Artwork created for housing and other community facilities in the London area: polystyrene mock-up of a mural on a construction site

 
RIBA3411-56Artwork created for housing and other community facilities in the London area: detail of mural

 
RIBA3412-56Artwork created for housing and other community facilities in the London area: detail of mural


RIBA3413-57Artwork created for housing and other community facilities in the London area: mural with head/skull and bird motif

 
RIBA3414-57Napier House, Maddock Way, Walworth, London: mural

 
RIBA3415-57Artwork created for housing and other community facilities in the London area: mural


RIBA3416-57Artwork created for housing and other community facilities in the London area: mural in shopping centre

 
RIBA3417-57Alton West Estate, Roehampton, London, seen from Richmond Park

 
RIBA3418-57Model of St Mary-le-Strand, London, as executed


RIBA3419-57Euston Arch, Euston Station, London

 
RIBA3420-57Pretious Field, Northiam, East Sussex, designed for Victor Guiness: the entrance front