Categories / Architecture, Property

Retro houses: The pick of the week from WowHaus

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We really should do this more often. Although not a retro house site, many of the finds on WowHaus fall under the retro header. With that in mind, we thought we should start sharing some of the best retro finds each week, kicking off with the ones you see here.


1960s Foggo and Thomas-designed modernist property in Holyport, Berkshire (pictured above)

This is one of three modernist houses built in the same location, with this one renovated fairly recently. That adds a modern touch, but this is still US-inspired midcentury modern at its heart, but in the UK.

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Philip Collins-designed midcentury modern property in Hopewell, New Jersey, USA

An amazing place in the US, which is just in need of a little updating.

First time on the market for this wonderful open plan house, which is also open to the outside space of almost 9 acres. A few tweaks required to turn this into someone’s dream home.

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1970s Gerard Cools-designed brutalist property in Westerlo, Belgium

A house designed by the architect for his own use and seemingly untouched since.

The seller’s images for this modernist place could be straight out of a design magazine from back in the day, with most of the fixtures and fittings unchanged since the mid-1970s. Wonderful.

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1960s Ronald Smith-designed modernist property in Birmingham, West Midlands

Potential bargain of the week is almost certainly this gem in Birmingham.

It;s an auction property, award winning back in the late 1960s and another untouched since that date. Some of it needs freshening up, but this time capsule really does need preserving. Cheaper than you think too if it goes for the guide price.

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1970s Johannes Spalt-designed Wittmann House in Krems an der Donau, Austria

Sat between two vineyards and not far from Vienna is another well-preserved modernist property.

It is all about the inside space, with a huge central living room and other zoned living and sleeping spaces located off it. Not for everyone, but a dream for someone.

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1970s Bob and Tim Organ-designed modernist property in Oakhill, Somerset

A mix of the old and the new here.

Some well preserved 1970s space hooks up with a fairly recent modern addition. It works too, as well as adding more features and space.

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1970s modernist property in Rambouillet, near Paris, France

A great find near Paris and a very distinctive look.

Plenty of land and a lake too, with the inside of the house perhaps a little more contemporary than you might expect. Very stylish though.

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1960s Aage & Carol Moller-designed Scandinavian-style property in Plummers Plain, West Sussex

You have to see the interior of this wonderful late ‘60s build.

It dates from 1968, designed by the architect couple for themselves and with very little changed since. No bad thing as this was built to a very high standard back then and has stood the test of time.

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1950s Arthur Davis-designed midcentury modern property in River Ridge, Louisiana, USA

Typical US midcentury modern, but in a less-than-obvious location.

No, this isn’t California, it is Louisiana, but the effect is much the same. Beams, exposed brickwork, the pool outside and single-storey living. Updated, but not excessively.

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