Lawn Road Flats (The Isokon) – A New Vision of Urban Living

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  • John Allan

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DOI:

https://doi.org/10.52200/58.A.TNH2MPCO

Keywords:

Modern Movement, Modern architecture, Modern housing

Abstract

So much of modern architecture’s early history depended on a handful of courageous pioneers. One of the first Modern Movement buildings in England was the achievement of an unlikely trio — a plywood salesman and his psychotherapist wife, and a Canadian part-time journalist turned architect. This article and the accompanying text by Magnus Englund tell the extraordinary story of the Lawn Road Flats in Hampstead, London – their origins and heyday, the linked program of furniture design, their declining postwar fortunes and ruination, and then their recent and remarkable rescue and restoration to become a beacon of modern heritage and the epitome of progressive 21st century urban living.

How to Cite

Allan, J. (2018). Lawn Road Flats (The Isokon) – A New Vision of Urban Living. Docomomo Journal, (58), 78–81. https://doi.org/10.52200/58.A.TNH2MPCO

Published

2018-06-01

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Documentation Issues

Author Biography

John Allan

(b. UK, 1945). MA, University of Edinburgh. Honorary doctorate, University of Sheffield. As Director of Avanti Architects (1983-2011) – he is now consultant to the practice – John Allan has led all Avanti’s Modern Movement conservation projects and studies. He was the first Chair of docomomo UK (1989-1991) and is currently the Chair of The Isokon Gallery Trust. Author of the award-winning Berthold Lubetkin – Architecture and the Tradition of Progress (RIBA Publications, 1992; Artifice, 2012).

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