The lasting appeal of modernist Essex 09.10.15

  • Oliver Hill’s imposing Round House in Frinton on Sea (1935)

  • Wolverton, 77 Boars Tye Road, Silver End, by Thomas Smith Tait (1928)

  • 1 Easton Way in Frinton, by Oliver Hill (1935–38)

  • New-build modernism in Frinton

  • 10 Easton Way, by RA Duncan (1935) nestles behind more typical Essex housing

  • 64 Heath Drive is "a startling exercise in white-walled abstraction"

  • 64 Heath Drive, Gidea Park, by Skinner and Tecton (1934)

  • The Spender House, Ulting, Richard and Su Rogers (1968)

In our latest issue, Home, Charles Holland took a trip down memory lane to rediscover a series of modernist gems in villages around Essex. We asked Catherine Hyland to take some photographs to accompany the article – see them here and follow @iconeye on Instagram for more

Beyond the A13, the staid seaside towns and the flat, muddy fields of its heartland lies an alternative Essex – an unlikely hotbed of radical modernism. Experimental communities such as Silver End and Frinton Park Village were a future that never quite arrived, but they still offer a compelling vision of what rural architecture could yet become.

Charles Holland was brought up in Essex, in a similar village, so for our latest issue he returned to the area to consider what we can learn from these place today. Meanwhile, photographer Catharine Hyland explored the area for herself, photographing the landscape and architecture for the magazine and our Instagram feed.

In Icon 149, we try to pin down the concept of “Home” in design terms, looking at Barbara Bestor’s Dutch woonerf in LA, modernist villages in Essex and the details that bring a house to life. Read more by clicking on the cover here or below. Follow @iconeye on Instagram to see some of Hyland's unpublished images

 

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Catherine Hyland

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