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Modern Housing Prototypes

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The design of housing has commanded the attention of the greatest architects of the twentieth century. In this stunning volume, Roger Sherwood presents thirty-two notable examples of multi-familyhousing from many countries and four continents, selected for their importance as prototypes. Designed by such masters as Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe, and Alvar Aalto, they range from single-house clusters torow-houses, terrace houses, party-wall and large-courtyard housing, to urban high-rise towers and slabs.

The thirty-two buildings or housing complexes are illustrated with photographs, site plans,floor plans, elevations, and marvelous axonometric drawings. In each case Mr. Sherwood gives background information on the project, mention, factors the architect had to take into consideration (social, environmental, financial), pointsout creative solutions to particular problems, and comments on special features of the design. Laymen as well as professionals will find his presentations enlightening.

In the Introduction, Mr.Sherwood sets forth the basic principles of organization that apply to housing. He analyzes first the limited number of ways in which individual apartments or living units can be laid out (each type or plan lending itself to variationsand permutations) and then the ways in which different units can be vertically and horizontally organized within a single building. Drawings and plans of more than eighty housing complexes in twenty countries accompany his analysis.

Mr. Sherwood offers his book in the belief that there is no excuse for shoddy architecture; that no branch of architecture is more important than the design of human habitations; and that much is tobe learned from the study of significant buildings of the recent past.


be learned from the study of significant buildings of the recent past.

About the Author

Roger Sherwoodis a practicing architect and Associate Professor of Architecture at the <>University of SouthernCalifornia.

Table of Contents


Detached and Semidetached Housing

Suntop HomesFrank Lloyd Wright

El Pueblo Ribera CourtRudolph M. Schindler

Daal en Berg Duplex HousesJan Wils

Group of Court HousesMies van der Rohe

Kingo HousesJandoslash;rn Utzon


WeissenhofExhibitionMies van der Rohe

Weissenhof ExhibitionJ. J. P. Oud

Vienna WerkbundExpositionAndrandeacute; Lurandccedil;at

IchinomiyaKenzo Tange and Urtec

Siedlung HalenAtelier 5

Fleet Road Terrace HousingNeave Brown

Party-Wall Housing

25 bis Rue Franklin ApartmentsAuguste Ferret

Avenuede Versailles ApartmentsJean Ginsberg

Porte Molitor ApartmentsLe Corbusier

CasaRusticiPietro Lingeri and Giuseppe Terragni

Parklaan ApartmentsW. van Tijen


Immeuble VillasLe Corbusier

Spangen QuarterMichielBrinkman

Nirwana ApartmentsJohannes Duiker

Hansaviertel ApartmentsAlvar Aalto


Immeuble Clartandeacute;Le Corbusier

Narkomfin ApartmentsMoses Ginzburg and I. Milinis

Unitandeacute; d'HabitationLe Corbusier

Harumi Apartment HouseKunio Maekawa

Durand Apartment ProjectLe Corbusier

Zomerdijkstraat Atelier ApartmentsZanstra, Giesen, and Sijmons


Victorieplein TowerJ. F. Staal

Hoogbouw TowersJohannes Duiker and J. C.Wiebenga

Price TowerFrank Lloyd Wright

Neue Vahr ApartmentsAlvar Aalto

Hansaviertel TowerJ. H. van den Broek and J. B. Bakema

Peabody TerraceSert, Jackson, andGourley

Further Reading

Product Details

Harvard University Press
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Sherwood, Roger
Architecture, domestic
Architecture, modern
Architecture, Modern -- 20th century -- Designs and plans.
General Architecture
Edition Description:
Bibliography: p. 163-167.
Series Volume:
77th, pt. 1
Publication Date:
Grade Level:
220 line illustrations, 58 halftones, 6

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