Top 20 modernist houses in Canberra?

johnboy 14 July 2008 5

Canberra House has put together a list of the top 20 houses in Canberra from the perspective of modernist architecture.

You can see a slideshow of them or just have a look at the pictures with explanations.

Thoughts real estate mavens? And does anyone have any views on what these modernist masterpieces are like to live in?

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5 Responses to Top 20 modernist houses in Canberra?
retro_chic retro_chic 2:21 pm 14 Jul 08

I live in Urambi and I wouldn’t still be in Canberra if I didn’t.
Here is some more info about the place:

It’s a great community and I love the funky 70s feel. It really is very well designed as the neighbours are close but you wouldn’t know it as it is set out so well.

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 11:04 am 14 Jul 08

Twas a shame that the Seidler residence in Yapunyah St in O’Connor was demolished and replaced with a Better Building new build. Not being critical of the new build so much, more the fact it was ever allowed to proceed in the first instance. Sure, Seidler’s original build had some compromises when viewed in a modern context, but seeing it knocked down was very sad. 🙁

Joe Canberran Joe Canberran 9:09 am 14 Jul 08

Shows how much i know…

From the pictures with explanations link:

“… and date from the 1930s to the 1960s—modernism’s golden age if you like—there are examples in some of the newer suburbs, or areas developed since the late 1960s. It finishes around the mid 1970s, in line with the general feeling that heritage has to be older than 30 years to qualify as such.”

…for some reason I thought “modernist” would have something to do with modern – which I suppose they were when they were built. Only about a half dozen that look ok in my opinion with a lot of dodgy flats that I’m sure were top notch when they were built but now look occupied by low socio-economic individuals who have a high likelihood of having substance abuse issues and probably a flexible definition of ownership when it comes to possessions.

Pandy Pandy 8:33 am 14 Jul 08

My bad. Found it. But was the architect not inspired by “Falling Waters”?

Pandy Pandy 8:30 am 14 Jul 08

Where is No 19?

I always thought that the Siedler designs at Yarrrlumla looked neato.

Oh they should be post-modernist houses not to confused with the Gunghalinist style.

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