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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RIBA2671-16Schocken department store, Chemnitz, at night

RIBA3085Design for a beach house, California, for Rupert R. Ryan

RIBA3536-63Sun House, Frognal Way, Hampstead, London

RIBA441932 Newton Road, Paddington, London: the street facade

RIBA8733Finsbury Health Centre, Pine Street, Finsbury, London, seen in its urban context

RIBA8734Highpoint One, North Hill, Highgate, London, seen from North Hill

RIBA11210Hohenzollernplatz Church, Wilmersdorf, Berlin

RIBA11280Town Hall, Hilversum

RIBA11572Village College, Impington: view from the west showing the assembly hall entrance and two-storey block containing the domestic science and art rooms

RIBA13337Design for the London Gliding Club, Dunstable

RIBA15624High Cross House, Dartington Hall School, Devon

RIBA15809De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea: the sea-facing frontage and the glass-enclosed staircase

RIBA17848Isokon Flats, Lawn Road, Hampstead, London: the south-east front

RIBA35817Design for the exterior of 1-3 Willow Road, Hampstead, London: perspective view

RIBA81135Church of the Most Sacred Heart of Our Lord, Prague