| Open House Dreaming | Architect’s Homes

I love open house events, and particularly relish the idea of taking a goodnatured snoop around the homes that master architects built for themselves. 

So much so, that I’ve been daydreaming up a little list of homes that I so love to see. 

Perhaps I would start in New England, at the once home of Walter Gropius!

Photos from the Historic New England Website

Quick details: Built in 1938 in Lincoln, Massachusetts.

Why this house? 
I would like to see how the founder of Bauhaus lived. To be honest, it’s not so much the building that I like but the contents. I spy Butterfly Stools by Sori Yanagi and a handsome Womb Chair by Eero Saarinen. According to Hiro, this is one of the most comfortable chairs he’s ever sat in. And he is obsessed with chairs.

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More pictures and information HERE

Next stop? Mexico City, to the Casa Barragan. Bring your sunglasses!

Photos from OpenBuildings

Quick Details: Built in 1948, Mexico City.

Why this house?
The house looks so humble and unassuming from the outside but it wears its personality on the inside with a brilliant colour palette and lovely clean lines. The house  is a display of  Barragan’s interpretation of Modernism through his trademark use of colour, light, shadow and texture – all the things that please me aesthetically. 

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You can see and read more about Casa Barragan HERE. There’s also a short video tour HERE. Type ‘Luis Barragan’ into Pinterest, and a colourful visual treat awaits you.

Zoom across many borders to Brazil to the doorstep of Oscar Neimeyer’s residence, the very beautiful Casa das Canoas.

Photos from OpenHouseBCN

Quick details: Built in 1953 in Rio.

Why this house? I’ve gushed about how much I admire Neimeyer’s work before HERE so visiting his once home just goes without saying. I want to see the house that challenges my adoration for clean straight lines and sharp angles. I want to see and touch the resident boulder. Casa Canoas is a residence that really celebrates its location through its transparency and curvaceous, unrestricted fluidity. Surrounded by forest and close to the sea, it suffers from the natural effects of both but is ever more beautiful for it, in my eyes.

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More pictures and information HERE

Finally, staying in Brazil, I would visit Casa Butanta, the house that Paulo Mendes da Rocha built for himself and then built an exact copy next door for his sister – the lucky lady!

Quick details: Built in 1966 in Sao Paulo

Why this house?
Chunky concrete? Check! Surrounded by lush vegetation? Check! Beautiful colourful tiles? Check! Lots of windows? Check check check! Pack our things fam! We are moving in! I  must confess to spending longer than might  be considered ‘normal’ staring at the details of Casa Butanta on Pinterest or Instagram, I would live here in a heartbeat.

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More pictures and information HERE

It’s as plain as day that I have a thing for Modernist architecture. There are sublime examples much closer to home, yet it seems that the Latin American architects masterfully interpreted the principles of the movement in a way that enjoys the beauty and elegance of nature. I really like that.