From the street, Jac House is just an idyllic Victorian cottage from 1907. Little would one know that this quaint villa in an inner suburb of Sydney has had a major modern extension added to its rear.
Mid-Century Home features mid-century and modern homes designed by some of the most influential modernist architects of the 20th century: Frank Lloyd Wright, Richard Neutra, Donald Wexler, Craig Ellwood and John Lautner are only few of them.
We want to show how contemporary architects build modern homes following the same principles of their famous predecessors. That is why, in this section, you will find a curation of contemporary homes built today but following modernist principles.
We only feature homes from contemporary architects who we believe respect the modernist principles of building and prove how Modernism is very much alive.
This 1940s mid-century home located in the middle of Warrandyte State Park near Melbourne, Australia, has had an extremely interesting history.
The house and the block of housing surrounding it was originally built in the 1940s to serve as an alternative school. However, in the 1960s much of the premises was destroyed in a fire.
The Arthur Street House as it stands today is an unpretentious, timeless and honest modern home, with thoughtful use of materials and space.
This modern family home in Melbourne, Australia, was the result of a collaboration between three different types of practitioner: horticulturist, cabinet maker and architectural designer.
This is a spectacularly luxurious modern home constructed in Indian Wells, California. Set across a vast 5,300 sq feet surface area bordering the Palm Desert in Coachella Valley, it looks fit for a king.
A tribute to the owners’ Italian heritage and their working-class roots, the Courtyard House in Templestowe Lower, Australia, is a beautiful modern residential home built by FIGR architects.
This modern house in Johannesburg, South Africa, truly encapsulates inside-outside living. Located in a wooden region at the inception of a face of a major ridge, Westcliff Pavilion is surrounded on many sides by glass retractable walls, embracing nature on every angle.
Situated in the heart of Sao Paulo, Residencia AF by Jacobsen Architects unites mid-century modern with a tropical undercurrent.
The Termitary House is an enchanting modern home that experiments with light, shadows and recycled materials, built on a coastal region of Vietnam.
This is a beautifully executed modern house renovation of a 1950s Mayland ranch home, completed by David Jameson Architects in 2013.
An original 1967 mid-century modern home designed by Mortimer J. Matthews was renovated in 2008 by Montalba Architects with a refreshing and alluring contemporary twist.
The Ratchada House is a real masterpiece. Designed by AOMO Architects and erected in Thailand, what strikes you as approach this mid-century building besides its immense scale is the impression that the whole structure is floating just inches off the ground.
Australia is one of those lucky places where bad weather is usually not a big issue. Mark Austin and Andrew Maynard – Directors at Austin Maynard Architects – clearly took advantage of it, to design a contemporary modernist inspired house that had “just the right amount of space” for the young family it was built for.
Located on a family-owned winery in Yamhill County, it was designed by architects Lever Architecture in 2016 to serve as both a home and a space to host wine tasting sessions.
Situated in a mountainous region about 75km from São Paulo and representing a part the larger Campinas conurbation, this contemporary style vineyard/home actually feels anything but urban.
The Tree House takes its name from the giant protected Oak tree growing in the middle of the lot. In their brief to Architect Matt Fajkus, the clients asked to design a contemporary house around the tree as well as to enhance as much as possible the connection between inside and outside.
This contemporary home design combines new and old styles in a really nice way.
Located in in Brunswick, Australia, it combines an earlier double-fronted Victorian weatherboard home with a large concrete blade-and-beam extension designed in 2017 by Rob Kennon architects.
The B + W house in Minneapolis, MN, is an attention grabbing contemporary house featuring beautiful concrete-wood contrasts.
The Brief for this modern house in Hobart, Tasmania, was clear, it had to be seamlessly connected to the outside. This is why the design focuses on five courtyards surrounded by the living spaces, not the other way around.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
The FLD House offers us a lovely example of the subtlety that all modern house architecture should aspire to.
The Modernist inspired Casa MS, built by Studio Arthur Casas, it’s located around 100 kilometres west of São Paulo on the Fazenda Boa Vista golf resort.
The Turner Residence may be one of the most discrete contemporary modern homes we’ve ever come across.
The KA House has clearly been designed with privacy in mind.
Located in Thailand, the project was initiated by Idin Architects in 2012 and completed in 2014.
The first word that sprang to mind when we stumbled upon this contemporary home design was “rustic”.
Headed up by architect Brandon Jørgensen, this house was built as his own private home.
Seamlessness is at the heart of this contemporary style home.
Designed by Kengo Kuma, it was unveiled earlier this year at the annual Street of Dreams event in Happy Valley Oregon.
Studio MK7’s Toblerone House in São Paulo is another delightful example of the firm’s confident application of a traditional modernist repertoire to contemporary architecture.
This mid-century home was built by architect Robert C. Metcalf, to serve as his family home.
Built in 1954, it is located on the University of Michigan campus.
Palm Springs based photographer Dan Chavkin, constantly shows his love for the city and its mid-century architecture legacy through his work.
With two books dedicated to Palm Springs, Dan has developed an amazing eye to capture the real essence of desert mid-century architecture.
Located in Ontario Canada, this contemporary home design feels very close to nature.
This effect is created through the abundance of wood used in the design, which is stained to precisely merge with the tones of the environment beyond.
The contemporary Ramp House, by Studio MK57, has a characteristically Brazilian modernist edge to it.
Located in São Paulo, it was designed by Marcio Kogan and Renata Furlanetto.
The Blodgett-Calvin Pool House is part of a dazzling complex of buildings in San Marino, Southern California.
The property sits a 1950s house designed by mid-century modern architect Calvin Straub.
Completed in 2012, Bush House makes good, solid house building look as easy as anything.
The project comes courtesy of architect Paul O’Reilly of Archterra Architects and is located in a bushland in Margaret River in Western Australia.
With the Glass Wall House, we get a chance to explore a home which showcases Klopf Archietcture’s expert capabilities when it comes to creating a home from scratch.