Establishment: 1950s Modern Movement Architecture

By the beginning of the 1950s, Modernism has become the style associated with the twentieth century and used in all manner of buildings. The architecture, whether a grand project such as Brasilia or a block of flats like The Lawn, Harlow is assured and elegant.


See also: 1920s1930s1940s1960s or return to Modernism Through the Decades.

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RIBA2161-16National Congress buildings, Eixo Monumental, Brasilia: the Chamber of Deputies and the Towers of Congress

RIBA2403-2Moro house, 20 Blackheath Park, London: the sitting room

RIBA2876-25Palazzetto dello Sport, Rome

RIBA2881-25Castrol House, Marylebone Road, London

RIBA5113Royal Festival Hall, Festival of Britain, South Bank, London: the riverside facade and terrace

RIBA5171Peter Robinson, 65 Strand, London

RIBA520057 Ham Street, Ham Common, London: the garden facade

RIBA5207Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

RIBA5251Flats in Holford Square, Finsbury, London: view showing the triaxial plan form of the spiral staircase of Bevin Court

RIBA5767The Lawn, Harlow, Essex: the Tower

RIBA10454Cathedral Church of St Michael, Coventry: the steps and entrance porch with the bronze sculpture of 'St Michael subduing the Devil'

RIBA25335Social administration centre for the pottery works, Gustavsberg

RIBA25793Hallfield Estate, Bishop's Bridge Road, Paddington, London: a five-storey block

RIBA26071Farnley Hey, Farnley Tyas, West Yorkshire: the east side showing the garage with the terrace above

RIBA26234Alton West Estate, Roehampton, London: the eleven-storey maisonette slabs

RIBA32539Designs for the Usk Street housing estate, Bethnal Green, London: elevation of the maisonette block

RIBA48631St Oswald's, Tile Hill, Coventry: the freestanding campanile, church hall and the church

RIBA49531Spa Green Estate, Rosebery Avenue, Finsbury, London, seen from Rosebery Avenue