ten favourites

my brother the architect (mentioned in this post) has 444 folders with 5,700 pictures on his computer sorted by name & date of rad architects, houses & buildings. i forced him to give me a copy (not really, he gave it to me out of the goodness of his heart) and now i’m going to share ten of my favourites.

if you like this kind of stuff make sure to explore the modernist architecture tag

ben rose home aka ferris bueller house in chicago by a. james speyer, 1953

kaufmann desert house in palm srings, california by richard neutra, 1946

katzenstein house in los angeles, california by ray kappe, 1974

villa mairea in noormarkku, finland by alvar aalto, 1939

aarhus town hall in denmark by arne jacobsen, 1942

house walton in arkansas by e. fay jones, 1958

irwin miller house in indiana by eero saarinen, 1957

gehry house in santa monica by frank gehry, 1977

hanna house in stanford, california by frank lloyd wright, 1937

bruynzeel house in stellenbosch by aardt bijl, 1962

this is an incredibly well-known house in my hometown of stellenbosch that’s in the same neighbourhood as my parent’s place. i always see the angled roof sticking up out of the trees when i drive around there. there are many houses in this neighbourhood that have the same modernist feel (albeit not such a dramatic design) – lots of wood inside, with cleverly designed built-in cupboards and bookshelves that separate open plan living areas. basically my dream homes! unfortunately new people who move into the area are starting to tear these houses down and building generic tuscan style pieces of poo in their place.

on a side note – we are always highly amused by famous architects who wear those glasses.

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  • Reply Sarah Friday 4 March, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    Did you see the movie, The Single Man with Colin Firth. It was filmed in the most amazing house that would fit right in with these. I love all of them!
    Here is the link for the house in that movie.

  • Reply Miss Moss Friday 4 March, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    yes indeed, i love that house.

  • Reply Sally Friday 4 March, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    Ee, the Irwin Miller House’s sunken couch instantly reminded me of John Lennon’s bed in Help! I always conveted the Beatles’ house in that film (

    Love the herringbone floors. The Gehry House is my new dream home.

  • Reply Marissa Friday 4 March, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    Swoon! You’re a girl of my own heart, Miss Moss.

  • Reply kate Friday 4 March, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    Good lord, the windows in the Hanna house! Weak. In. The. Knees.

  • Reply Frank Lloyd Wright « Sleeping Mountains Saturday 5 March, 2011 at 4:15 am

    […] (Hanna House in Stanford, California by Frank Lloyd Wright, 1937. Image from here.) […]

  • Reply Eliza Coleman Saturday 5 March, 2011 at 6:55 am

    It makes me feel so much less crazy to hear that your brother keeps all those folders and images… I do the exact same thing!! And funnily enough my sisters are always begging me to make them copies ;)

    Sarah and Diana, did you see the Oliver Peoples short filmed in the Lautner’s Rainbow House? If not def check it out!! Posted here–

  • Reply rebecca Monday 7 March, 2011 at 11:09 am

    the ben rose house is on the market right now! so gorgeous!!!
    + check out the documentary on julius schulman, who photographed many of those incredible modernist houses including the neutra house in palm springs you posted!

  • Reply Milt Thursday 10 March, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    Beautiful home of norwegian architect Arne Korsmo ( for sale in Norway. He only lived there a couple of years until he divorced his wife – famous Norwegian designer Grete Prytz Kittelsen (

    Wonderful building bordering the famous Norwegian Holmenkollen Ski Jump Hill and vast forests north of Oslo.

  • Reply megan v Friday 18 March, 2011 at 6:46 am

    I’m blown away by that in-ground seating area that sort of looks like a cozy indoor hot tub beckoning me. Not only does it allow for the huge window wall to be an unobstructed view, but it is piiiiimp…to put it as clearly as I can. :)

  • Reply megan Friday 13 May, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    Stunning selection. I am slightly obsessed with 60s & 70s house design (ext & int!) – and love all the clever angles and use of space – something we don’t get much of here in SA!! (I have a book from the USA from the 70s with some of the most amaaazing pics!) :)

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