The New Modern House: Redefining Functionalism

By Jonathan Bell and Ellie Stathaki

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  • Hardback
  • 460 illustrations
  • 240 pages
  • 250 x 250 mm
  • ISBN 9781856696845
  • Published September 2010

Modern architecture is a story of movements, styles and genres. But what of the work that remains defiantly unique, refusing to submit to a label or genre? The New Modern House is a comprehensive look at the emerging trend of architecture that favours substance over style, combining functional design and sustainable processes with a straightforward, honest aesthetic.

The New Modern House features around 50 residential case studies, from single family houses to self-builds, eco-friendly structures, recycled projects and creative re-uses. All are accompanied by full details, models, sketches and diagrams, allowing a closer look at their conception and construction. At the heart of the book is the concept of a new authenticity, and how an emerging ‘anti-aesthetic’ approach demonstrates a logical evolution of modernist design.

The book contains work from around the world, including France, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Sweden, Switzerland, Japan, Norway, and more. The emphasis is on unselfconscious, modest architecture – projects that are at odds with contemporary obsessions with high concept design, big names and brand identity.

The New Modern House is an inspirational guide to this new architectural concept, describing a diversity of new forms and new approaches to the modern house.

About the Author

Jonathan Bell writes about architecture and design for Wallpaper*, Blueprint and Grafik. He is co-editor of things magazine and his recent books include The Transformable House, Carchitecture, Penthouse Living and 21st Century House.

Ellie Stathaki is Deputy Architecture Editor at Wallpaper* magazine. She trained as an architect at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and studied architectural history at the Bartlett in London. She has contributed to Blueprint, Financial Times, The Guardian, as well as the book 1,000 Buidings You Must See Before You Die.

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