3 Flat-Roofed Houses We’d Move Into Immediately

The flat roof is one of the signal elements of modernist architecture, and one of its principal contributions to architecture in general. The original modernists liked them for their purity of form. But they soon became useful as an additional outdoor space, especially in the heat of Palm Springs and the like.

Here we have chosen three flat-roofed houses that capturing both intentions: Richard Dorman’s mid-century home in the Sherman Oaks Estates; the Frost House, owned by Karen and Bob Cascarelli (who we also interviewed); and finally, over in New South Wales Australia, Harry Seidler’s Rose House.

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mid-century house by Richard Dorman Sherman Oaks exterior

This house by Richard Dorman is a real peach. Situated in the Sherman Oaks Estates, it was built in 1959, although its condition suggests it could have been built last year.

In the pattern of its floor it recalls another house we covered recently: Larry Pearson’s modern renovation of a mid-century home. It’s a comparison which directly contradicts the claim made in that article that you wouldn’t see a pattern like that in an original mid-century home.

modern mid-century house The Frost House Bob Coscarelli - exterior front

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mid century modern australian homes - harry seidler - Rose House

Harry Seidler’s Rose House is the first and probably most known work of architect Harry Seidler. This great example of Mid-century Modern Australian architecture was built close to Sydney and had very special clients, Seidler’s parents.

Two houses were built on the same property: the Marcus Seidler House and the Rose house.

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