This home’s modest façade conceals a breath taking mid-century interior. Indeed, on the face of it, the unassuming pale green exterior, featuring translucent windows and fairly traditional detailing, isn’t the first place you’d look for a mid-century gem.
Mid-Century Home features contemporary homes and buildings designed by some of the most influential modernist architects of the 20th century and built during the mid-century period: Frank Lloyd Wright, Richard Neutra, Donald Wexler, Craig Ellwood and John Lautner are few of them.
Every day we curate a selection of the most representative mid-century and contemporary style homes, to inspire and make you dream but also to share the story of their architects and owners.
We choose homes designed by architects who we believe respected the modernist principles of building, influenced their generation and set the bar for the architects to come.
Altus Architecture + Design have chosen a very appropriate name for this contemporary style home: Woodland House. When looked at from afar it is almost indistinguishable from the woodland that surrounds it.
Concrete is used to dazzling effect in this contemporary home design. Entitled Casa LP1, it is located on the outskirts of Guatemala City.
Mr. Snower, commissioned this house to Architect Marcel Breuer in 1953, while he was also working at the famous UNESCO headquarters in Paris.
Today, Architect Matthew Hufft tells us about the recent renovation he supervised for the current owners of the Snower house.
After years of neglect, this small building mid-century building had lost its charm and needed some love.
The New Canaan Historical Society called William D. Earls AIA Architect to bring back to life this unique pool house. Today. the architect tells us about the meticulous work they carried on to bring back this little gem to its original beauty.
This original mid-century home in Seattle, Washington, is really well built.
Upon approach from a path of concrete slabs, a solid wooden door is reached by way of two steps and it is situated slightly to the left of the path.
After buying back the mid-century house (designed by the grandmother of one of the current owners) a couple of young New York based creatives, hired GRT architects to bring back the family memories and to help them build new ones.
We interviewed Emilio Fuscaldo of NEST Architects about the Rosanna House project, a thoughtful renovation of a mid-century house near Melbourne.
This 1960s house is now updated for the modern living. Let us know on social media if you like this project as much we do!
Architect Walter Greaves had a particular penchant for timber.
This is clear from looking at the modernist house he designed for his family in Runcton, a small village located two miles south of Chichester, close to the West Sussex coast.
Concrete is in full force in this contemporary home design. Located in a suburban neighbourhood of Torquay, in the Australian state of Victoria.
The home was built in 2015 by Auhaus and Interiors.
This mid-century home has a natural simplicity about it which is really endearing. Built in 1956, and designed by architects Elizabeth and Winston Close, it is located in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
Located in Bel Air, Los Angeles, this original mid-century capsule home was completed in 1964. It really captures the spirit of the time.
Along with Frank Sinatra’s Movie Colony home, the Koerner house in Palms Springs is one of a handful of private residences designed by the great mid-century modern architect E. Stewart Williams, who seldom took commissions of this sort.
With the brief to create more space for a larger family, AM Architecture set about reorienting this mid-century house in Camberwell, Victoria, around split-level living area: drastically expanding its size.
This contemporary style home has a very nice name: Wild Lilac: a rough hillside covered with the plant that gives it its name.
Located in the foothills of the San Bernardino National Forest, in Southern California, the home was designed by Walker Workshop.
Indoor and outdoor space blend seamlessly in this classic mid-century home located in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Built by architect Vladimir Ossipoff, the Liljestrand House is a shining example of the kama’aina style which took root in the Hawaiian Islands during the mid-century period, and which Ossipoff did so much to champion.
22 Parkside was built by renowned British architect Richard Rogers in 1968 as a home for his parents.
With this opportunity, Rogers sought to establish a blueprint for a new housing typology, characterised by a solid permanent structure that could accommodate a variety of temporary elements.
This contemporary house it is all about the beach. This is most apparent in the living area: a vast space, one side of which is almost completely exposed to the outdoors, thus allowing the inhabitants to drift seamlessly from house, to garden, and all the way to the nearby beachside.
Looking at the overhead shot of this Palm Springs mid-century home, one word immediately springs to mind: vivid.
Built amongst a wild and verdant forest setting of Itamambuca, just off the Atlantic coast in the state of Sao Paolo, this contemporary house clearly had to be sturdy enough to withstand the jungle’s encroachment.
Both open and busy at the same time, decorated with such effortless charm, and so completely vibrant, it really is hard to isolate particular elements of this house that deserve to be given special attention.
The Erby House strikes the perfect balance between openness and privacy.
Completed in 1971, the (almost) mid-century home was designed by Jonathan Erby, one third of Devine, Erby & Mazlin, a studio operating out of Sydney, where this particular home is also located.
Marika and Tony weren’t initially looking to buy a Frank Lloyd Wright house. Instead, they were hunting for a waterfront cottage in a suitably quiet area.
However, as many of our other readers have experienced, it was love at first sight for the couple after their first viewing of the Eppstein House.
Architect Brandon Jorgensen wants to have a positive impact on the environment, respecting and enhancing the landscape while creating functional living solutions for his clients.
Today you can read more about his work and how the project for the Oak Knoll house evolved from restoration to an exciting new opportunity, for the architect as well as his clients.
Built in 2016 by Leo Romano Architects, and located in Goiânia, Brazil, this contemporary style home is known as the Climbing House.
If only for its sweeping roof, the name is appropriate, but the rest of the home also displays a rather upwardly mobile quality.
The Oak Pass House, as this contemporary modernist house is called, is located in Beverly Hills, and was built in 2015 by Walker Workshop, a young Los Angeles based firm run by Noah Walker.
As so often happens, the owners of this mid-century house immediately fell in love with the property.
Now they have decided to sell their beloved mid-century home and have chosen us to help to spread the word. In doing so, they hope to find new owners who will continue to love, maintain and respect this house for years to come.
This mid-century house is chock full of quirky features. The architect responsible for it is Alfred Newman Beadle, who is best known for his work on the Case Study Houses, one of which we covered last year. He built this home for his family in 1956, and named it Beadle House #7.
Ryan and his wife are the lucky owners of an apartment in one of this Eichler buildings in San Francisco. Initially attracted by its peculiar facade and minimalist look, Ryan tells us how they got to discover, and love, more about their building and Joseph Eichler’s work.
This mid-century house blends wonderfully with its natural surroundings.
Located on a steep wooded hillside in the small village of Ansty, in rural Wiltshire, England, the house overlooks a series of 12C buildings, and, quite remarkably, it fits right in.
Dry Creek Valley is a pretty impressive place to call home.
The house is built on the site of an earlier ranch home. As such, and as aerial pictures demonstrate, this contemporary style home is rather secluded: only two other homes can be made out amongst the vast wooded hills.
Amy and Sean were mid-century design collectors way before buying their Eichler, and now the circle is complete. Today, you can read more about their experience as mid-century house owners and how it has changed their lives.
Pioneering engineer Paul Weidlinger built this mid-century home for his family in 1953.
Intended as a summer house, it is located in Wellfleet, a town in Barnstable County, Massachusetts, located halfway between the “tip” and “elbow” of Cape Cod.
The Gueda House is proof, if ever you needed it, that simple design can always be eye catching. Built by Mustafa Bucar Arquitetura in 2009, the home is located in Goiânia, the capital and largest city of the Brazilian state of Goiás.
In an echo of the principles of Usonian architecture, this modern home by O2 Architecture, features a layout which clearly echoes the dramatic landscape in which it is situated.
Rudolph Schindler’s Roxy Roth House, is located in Studio City, Los Angeles. Built it for screenwriter Roxy Roth in 1946, this mid-century home bears a striking resemblance to a luxury yacht.
Completed in 1955, the mid-century house was designed by Leo Hafner, a modernist architect whose impact was felt most keenly in Zug, the Swiss city which shares its name with the lake.
Homes don’t come much more minimal than the Los Faiques Dwellings.
Situated in the subtropical Yunguilla valley, 60km away from the city of Cuenca, Ecuador, and 1400 meters above sea level, the series of modern dwellings were built in 2011 by Duran & Hermida arquitectos asociados,
Built in 1961 for a landowner in the area, this mid-century home was designed by renowned LA architect Dick E. Lowry.
Set in a beautiful spot on Los Aangeles’ Eagle Rock Hillside, it lies just a short walk away from the many restaurants that fill the Colorado Boulevard.
This mid-century home in Cape Town, South Africa, is as cool as they come.
Originally designed by Gilbert Colyn in 1969, it underwent a significant renovation in 2015, overseen by Cape Town-based architects SAOTA.
This mid-century home in Canberra, Australia, has a certain freshness about it.
Built over three split levels, the quality of the layout, and a dash of architectural magic, has meant that the home does not seem nearly as big when looked at from the exterior.
Located in Woodside, California, and completed in 1969, this home was built for Doctor Robert Scoren by architect Don Knorr, with interior design from Alexander Girard, both of whom were friends of Scoren’s.
Built by Yunakov Architecture, this house is right out of the Frank Lloyd Wirght playbook: low-pitched roof, overhanging eaves, horizontal lines, a central chimney, an open floor plan and clerestory windows.
The owners, of this recently renovated Eichler home in San Mateo Highlands, California, is a young couple with two small children.
They were particularly keen to preserve as much of the Eichler home’s original essence with an eye for minimalist aesthetics.
Vivid colours, curious patterns and a series of striking material elements combine to produce this rather dazzling mid-century home in Palm Springs.
This delightful home sits in a small patch of woods two blocks away from the University of North Carolina Campus in Chapel Hill.
Completed in 1955, it was designed for the Julian family by notable mid-century architect George Matsumoto.
The mid-century modern Hill House, recently received a drastic renovation by architecture firm The Archers.
The only significant features remaining from the home’s earlier iteration -which had fallen into disrepair- are the steel beams, the window frames, and the central fireplace.
The Minton Hill House is spoilt for views.
Situated in Eastern Townships, Quebec, the contemporary home design is the work of Affleck + de la Riva Architects.
Annie and her partner Jamie, bought their mid-century house in the Melbourne district of Beaumaris, to be their guardians and protect it for the next generations of owners to come.
The Booth House was the first house designed by the great mid-century modern architect Philip Johnson.
Completed in 1946, and built for the young couple Richard and Olga Booth.