Architect Designed House
The inspiration for this architect designed house was the iconic modern house designs of Rudolf Schindler and Richard Neutra in California in the 1920s and 1930s. This line of mid-century modern design continued to evolve in the ‘Case Study House programme’ also built in California from the 1960s by Craig Ellwood and others.
All of these design directions had their roots in the stunningly revolutionary architectural design work of Le Corbusier (espoused in his canonical work ‘Vers une architecture’), Mies van der Rohe, Walter Gropius and the Bauhaus team amongst others working in post first world war Europe.
These architects broke away from the accepted version of bourgeois villa design in the direction of a didactic modernist agenda. This radical new vision replaced the stultified continuation of an exhausted, devalued traditional / vernacular architectural style. The self-styled ‘International Style’ embraced the opportunities of recent advances in engineering and material techniques (particularly reinforced concrete or beton brut) and rejected the reactionary values which had been rendered meaningless by the social upheaval of the first world war.
The second reinterpretation of the ‘International Style’ tempered the political and socialist undertones of the European original to suit the hedonistic lifestyle of the post WW2 American Dream. The work of the case study programme, commenced in the 1960s, was looking to define a new era of clean simple and breathtakingly ‘cool’ modernist design that would reflect the values of the emerging modern post war generation and seamlessly incorporate modern technology, embracing comfort, swimming pools, appliances such as dishwashers and air conditioning.
Simplicity of material palette
The house has been created using the following materials:
- White render
- Stainless steel
- Powder coated steel for framing and metalwork elements
- Sand coloured brick boundary walls
- Timber decking
- Splashes of accent colour
This simple palette creates an elegant minimalist design.
Award winning architecture
Pagham Beach House won a Civic Trust Award in 2003 and a Sussex Design and Sustainability Award in 2005.