Sleep in a Modernist Gem – Huis Billiet in Bruges

Icons of the Czech Avantgarde

7th International Iconic Houses Conference

Hurray! 10 Years Iconic Houses

Icon for Sale - Casa Legorreta

Meet Conference Co-Chair Iveta Černá

17 June - 'Pioneers-film' Screening Amersfoort

Meet Conference Co-Chair Maria Szadkowska

Eighteen Iconic Houses Under One Roof

2023 Tour Schedule - Pioneers of the Dutch Modern House Screenings

Iconic Houses in The Netherlands - Van Eesteren House Museum

Welcome Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky Zentrum in Vienna!

Welcome Vila Volman! Jewel of Czech Functionalism

Movie Night: Adolf Loos- Revolutionary Among Architects

'Inside Iconic Houses' Case Study House #26 Webcast in Webshop

Inside Iconic Houses at Taut’s Home in Berlin

Rediscovering Forgotten Loos Interiors in Pilsen

'Inside Iconic Houses' - Online Tour Program

Iconic Houses in The Netherlands - The Diagoon House

Iconic Houses in The Netherlands - Rietveld Schröder House

Rietveld Houses Owners Association

Corberó Space: New Life for Hidden Jewel

Iconic Houses in The Netherlands - Pierre Cuypers' House and Workshops

Reeuwijk Celebrates Completion of Restoration Rietveld Homes!

Iconic Houses in The Netherlands - Van Doesburg Rinsema House

Welcome Rietveld's Van Daalen House!

Architect Harry Gessner Passed Away at 97

Watch Pioneers of the Dutch Modern House Now On Demand

Icon Saved: Dorchester Drive House

Welcome Umbrella House!

Iconic Houses in the Netherlands – Berlage’s Masterpiece

Welcome Atelier Volten!

SPECIAL – Iconic Dreams - Sleep in an Iconic House!

SPECIAL - Vacances en France!

SPECIAL - Casas Icónicas en España!

SPECIAL – German Greats!

SPECIAL – Dutch Delights!

SPECIAL – Northern (High)Lights!

Iconic Houses in The Netherlands - Het Schip

Inside Iconic Houses - Tour of Maison Cazenave

Inside Iconic Houses Tours Vizcaya Museum & Gardens in Miami

Casa Masó Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary

Inside Iconic Houses tours Roland Reisley's Usonian Frank Lloyd Wright House

Rietveld’s Experimental Housing in Reeuwijk Saved

Serralves Villa after restoration

Portraits of the Architect - Interview with Gennaro Postiglione

Test Labs for New Ideas - Interview with Natascha Drabbe

Inside Iconic Houses - Isokon Building

Inside Iconic Houses - 16 December: Sunnylands with Janice Lyle

BCN-BXL Coderch-De Koninck - Beyond Time

New Chairman Architect Nanne de Ru on The Perfect Platform

Health and Home - Interview with Beatriz Colomina

A Life Less Ordinary – Interview with Valentijn Carbo

Invisible Women - Interview with Alice T. Friedman

Winy Maas on the Green Dip

Anita Blom on Experimental Housing of the 1970s

Women’s Worlds - Interview with Natalie Dubois

The Culture of Living - Interview with Robert von der Nahmer

Hetty Berens: A Fresh Take on Modernism

Niek Smit on Supporting Modern Heritage

Alice Roegholt on Amsterdam’s Working-Class Palaces

July is Iconic Houses Month

Hans van Heeswijk on The Pioneers of the Dutch Modern House

Wessel de Jonge on Dutch Icons at Risk

Save Maison Zilveli - Sign the Petition!

How a Building Tells a Story - Recorded Event

Toolkit for Owners of a Modern House

13 Aalto Sites Nominated for UNESCO World Heritage

Villa Beer At Risk - Sign the Petition!

Business Cards of Stone, Timber and Concrete in the Brussels Region 1830-1970

Exhibiting & Visiting Modernist Monuments

Fostering Well-Researched Responsible Design


Enjoy a virtual visit to the California House and a Q&A with architect Peter Gluck

Exhibition 'Modernism and Refuge'

A Hidden Gem of Postmodernism

New Centre for Historic Houses of India

An Online Chronicle of the Douglas House

Villa Henny, geometric style icon in The Netherlands

A Mendini temple in Amsterdam

IH-lectures USA & Canada Feb 2020 on Melnikov House

Sponsors and Friends

An Afternoon with the Glucks

Chandler McCoy on Making Modern Houses Sustainable

Catherine Croft: Getting Away from the Demolition Mentality in the UK

Patrick Weber on Discovering an Unknown Icon

Fiona Fisher on Iconic Interiors

Jocelyn Bouraly on Villa Cavrois

Mireia Massagué on finding success through a new kind of partnership

Danish Moderns – Looking Back at Our Mini-Seminar

Venturo house complements Exhibition Centre WeeGee’s offering

Lecture report: Remembering Richard Neutra

Hôtel Mezzara and the Guimard Museum project

We welcome 13 new members!

BREAKING NEWS: 8 Wright Sites Inscribed on Unesco World Heritage List!

LECTURE 29 August - Raymond Neutra: My Father and Frank Lloyd Wright

Iconic Reads

SPECIAL – Iconic Artist Residencies

Our Badge of Honour

SPECIAL – Women & Iconic Houses

SPECIAL – Iconic Housing

Iconic Houses End Year Message

City-ordered rebuild of landmark house stirs debate: Appropriate or overreach?

Kohlberg House Restoration in Progress

Planned Demolition of Rietveld Homes in Reeuwijk

Renovation Gili House in Crisis

An Iconic Saga

Restoring Eileen Gray’s Villa E-1027 and Clarifying the Controversies

Modernism on the East Coast

Iconic Houses in Latin America

Conference testimonials

House Tours May 2018 

Expert Meetings

Natascha Drabbe - Iconic Houses: The Next Chapter

Terence Riley -KEYNOTE SPEAKER- on Philip Johnson

New era for Villa E-1027 and Cap Moderne

Hilary Lewis on Philip Johnson and his Glass House

John Arbuckle on Great House Tours

William D. Earls on the Harvard Five in New Canaan

Stover Jenkins on Working for Philip Johnson

Frederick Noyes on his Father’s House

Scott Fellows and Craig Bassam on their Passion for Preservation

Jorge Liernur -KEYNOTE SPEAKER- on Latin American Modernism(s)

Fabio Grementieri on Modernism in Argentina

Catalina Corcuera Cabezut on Casa Luis Barragán

Renato Anelli on Lina Bo Bardi’s Casa de Vidro

Tim McClimon on Corporate Preservation

Amanda Nelson on Building Donor Relationships

John Bacon on Planned Giving

Jean-Paul Warmoes on the Art of Fundraising in America

Chandler McCoy on Why Less is More

Katherine Malone-France on Moving with the Times

Anne Mette Rahbæk on Philanthropic Investments and Preservation

Peter McMahon on Saving Modern Houses on Cape Cod

Toshiko Kinoshita on Japanese Modern Heritage Houses

Roland Reisley on Life in a Frank Lloyd Wright House

5th Iconic Houses Conference May 2018

Kristin Stone, Pasadena Tour Company

Restoring the past: The Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo Home Studio

Behind the Scenes: Hendrick de Keyser Association

Crosby Doe, Architecture for Sale

Latin America Special – Focus on Mexico

De Stijl in Drachten

Preserving the Nancarrow House-Studio

Meet the Friends - Nanne de Ru

Latin America Special – Focus on Brazil

Jan de Jong’s House is Latest Hendrick de Keyser Acquisition

Stay in a Belgian Modernist Masterpiece

In Berlin’s Modernist Network

Rietveld-Schröder House Celebrates De Stijl Anniversary

Meet Our New Foundation Board Members

Maintaining Aalto's Studio – Linoleum Conservation

Virtual Tour of a Papaverhof Home in 3D

Getty Grant for Villa E-1027

Plečnik House in Ljubljana

Iconic Dacha

Iconic Houses: A Bohemian Road Trip

Work in Progress: Capricho de Gaudí

11 Le Corbusier Homes now on Unesco World Heritage List

At home with Le Corbusier

Henry van de Velde’s Study in Haus Hohe Pappeln Restored

Lynda Waggoner reports

A Conference to Remember

4th International Iconic Houses Conference

Guest of Honor - Harry Gesner

Fallingwater: European Lecture Tour

Wright Plus 2016 Walk

Susan Macdonald, Getty Conservation Institute

John Mcllwee, Garcia House

Meet the Friends – Elisabeth Tostrup

Iconic Houses: The Story So Far

Willie van Burgsteden, designer Iconic Houses

Buff Kavelman, Philanthropic Advisor

Meet the Friends - Frederick Noyes

Sheridan Burke, GML Heritage

Meet the Friends - Raymond Neutra

Sidney Williams, Frey House

Franklin Vagnone and Deborah Ryan, Museum Anarchists

Meet the Friends - James Haefner

Toshiko Mori, architect

Malachi Connolly, Cape Cod Modern House Trust

Meet the Friends - Penny Sparke

Lucia Dewey Atwood, Eames House

Cory Buckner, Mutual Housing Site Office

Jeffrey Herr, Hollyhock House

Speaking Volumes: Building the Iconic Houses Library

Sarah Lorenzen, Neutra VDL Studio and Residences

Ted Bosley, Gamble House

Keeping It Modern - Getty Conservation Grants

Meet the Friends - Thomas Schönauer

Wim de Wit, Stanford University

Linda Dishman, Los Angeles Conservancy

Jesse Lattig, Pasadena Heritage

Join us in Los Angeles! Update

Work in Progress: Casa Vicens

Work in Progress: Van Wassenhove House

Work in Progress: Villa Cavrois

Work in Progress: The Pearlroth House

Conference calls!

Follow us!

Third Iconic Houses Conference a huge success

Conference House Tours Barcelona

Marta Lacambra, Fundació Catalunya-La Pedrera

Natascha Drabbe, Iconic Houses Foundation

Special speaker Oscar Tusquets

Jordi Tresserras, UNESCO Network ‘Culture, tourism and development’

Christen Obel, Utzon Foundation

Elena Ruiz Sastre, Casa Broner

Fernando Alvarez Prozorovich, La Ricarda

Tim Benton, Professor of Art History (Emeritus)

Susana Landrove, Docomomo Spain

Rossend Casanova, Casa Bloc

Conference Program 25 November 2014

Jordi Falgàs, Casa Rafael Masó

Documentary La Ricarda

Marga Viza, Casa Míla/La Pedrera

Celeste Adams, Frank Lloyd Wright Trust

Conference 25 November 2014 at La Pedrera

Henry Urbach, The Glass House

Victoria & Albert Museum London November 12

Tommi Lindh, new director of the Alvar Aalto Foundation and Museum

Iveta Černá, Villa Tugendhat

Lynda Waggoner, Fallingwater

Kimberli Meyer, MAK Center

Rent a house designed by Gerrit Rietveld

Barragán House on Screen

Gesamtkunstwerk – An Icon on the Move

Triennale der Moderne 27 September - 13 October 2013

Prestigious Art Nouveau mansions in Brussels open

September 14 + 15: Heritage Days in Paris

June's New Arrivals: Museum Apartments

Iconic Houses is now on Twitter and Facebook

Corbu’s Cabanon: Reconstruction and Lecture

Projekt Mies In Krefeld: Life-sized model of the Krefeld Clubhouse

New arrivals: Spain special

MAMO: Le Corbu’s ‘Park in the Sky’ open 12 June

Taut's Home wins Europa Nostra Award

Annual Wright Architectural Housewalk: 18 May

Frank Lloyd Wright Homes on Screen

Message from the Editor

Neutra’s House on Screen

Michel Richard, Fondation Le Corbusier

Symposium The Public and the Modern House

Melnikov House on Screen

Iconic Houses in the media

Message from the Editor

Round Table Review

Eileen Gray House on Screen

Copy Culture

At Home in the 20th Century

New 20th century Iconic Houses website launches

Philippe Bélaval, Centre des monuments nationaux

17 June 2020

SPECIAL – Northern (High)Lights!

Welcome to another travel special in our summer series designed to help you to make the most of a week(end) away. If you missed our previous instalments on Spain, France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Houses to Stay in, you can find them on our homepage.

Meanwhile we continue our journey in the Nordic countries where a variety of wonderful modern house museums are ready to welcome you in Norway, Denmark, Finland and Estonia! Among the 20th-century gems to explore there are several Aalto houses, the futuristic Futuro in Helsinki, or take a trip to Arne Korsmo's magnum opus in Oslo and make some fascinating discoveries. We’ve arranged the houses from youngest to oldest. Even if you decided to have a staycation this year, you can still travel the houses from home. Enjoy!

Note: Plan your visit(s) well in advance, as house museums can have irregular visiting times and coronavirus guidelines often require online reservation.

Futuro House, Matti Suuronen, Espoo, Finland, 1968
The Futuro is an elliptical plastic house designed by architect Matti Suuronen. It captures the experimental forms, new materials and optimistic ideas of the space-age architecture and design of the late 1960s. The WeeGee Exhibition Centre in Finand has acquired the first ever mass-produced Futuro, restored it and opens it to the public in Summer.

Didrichsen House, Viljo Revell, Helsinki, Finland, 1956
The Didrichsen Art Museum was founded by art collectors Marie-Louise and Gunnar Didrichsen in conjunction to their home. Didrichsen was a Danish businessman who settled in Finland in 1927 and married Marie-Louise Granfelt in 1939. Viljo Revell first designed a villa for the family and later on a museum wing to house the growing art collection.

Studio Aalto, Alvar Aalto, Helsinki, Finland, 1955
The studio was completed for use by Alvar Aalto’s architect’s office in 1955, within walking distance of Aalto’s home. 'You can’t create architecture in an office environment', is how Aalto described working in an architect’s office. The building curves around a stepped, amphitheatre-style courtyard sheltered from the wind.

Muuratsalo Experimental House, Alvar Aalto, Säynätsalo (Jyväskylä), Finland, 1954
Alvar and Elissa Aalto designed their Experimental House including a separate smoke sauna on the island of Muuratsalo. It served both as a leisure home and as a test site. On the walls of the courtyard, Aalto tested ceramic materials, brick types and sizes and the effect of different surfaces.

Arne Jacobsen's House in Klampenborg, Denmark 1951
The house is part of the Søholm estate built 1945-1953 in three stages and with three types of houses all designed by Arne Jacobsen. The house was built as the architect's private house and studio. He moved here from his previous home in Charlottenlund and lived here until the time of his death in 1971. For information about guided tours, please contact

Munch's House, Åsgårdstrand, Norway 1947
Of all the places where Munch lived and worked as an artist, he perhaps left most traces of himself at Åsgårdstrand. Munch's House, is the only one of his several homes that remains intact, and the landscape remains much as it was in Munch's day. Over a period of more than 20 years he painted some of his best works here.

Finn Juhl's House, Charlottenlund, Denmark, 1942
Finn Juhl's House was opened to the public in 2008 as a part of Ordrupgaard Museum. The house is one of the finest examples of modernism in Denmark and was designed and decorated by the architect and furniture designer himself. The house is temporarily closed, while a new extension of Ordrupgaard is being built, designed by the Norwegian architects Snøhetta. They expect to reopen by New Year 2020-2021.

Villa Mairea, Alvar Aalto, Noormarkku, Finland, 1939
Villa Mairea was the residence of the progressive industrialist Harry Gullichsen and his wife Maire. It marks Aalto’s transition from mainstream modernism towards his own unique synthesis of the traditional and modern, organic and technological, structural and aesthetic, emotional and rational. It's a groundbreaking masterpiece.

Villa Stenersen, Arne Korsmo, Oslo, Norway 1939
Villa Stenersen is one of the icons of Norwegian Modernist architecture, designed by the internationally oriented Arne Korsmo as a private home/gallery for the stockbroker, art collector, and author Rolf E. Stenersen and his family. In 1974 Stenersen donated the house to the Norwegian government. Since 2000 the house has been open to the public.

The Aalto House, Alvar Aalto, Helsinki, Finland, 1936
The Aalto House at Riihitie 20 was completed as Aino and Alvar Aalto’s home and studio. Aalto’s architect’s office was in this building until 1955. Designing their own home gave them an opportunity to make various structural and material experiments. Pay special attention to the use of wood, brick and natural stone.

Villa Tammekan, Alvar Aalto, Tartu, Estonia, 1932
It is possible to stay overnight at the Villa Tammekann in Estonia and thus experience the unique environment of this building by Alvar Aalto. Although staying at the house is primarily intended for university staff on work visits, special groups interested in architecture are also welcomed. Accommodation includes breakfast and use of the sauna :-)

The Vigeland Apartment, Oslo, Norway 1930
In 1921, sculptor Gustav Vigeland signed an agreement with the City of Oslo. In return for promising the City his extensive collection after his death, he was given a large studio with an apartment. The studio would later and up to serve as the Vigeland Museum to celebrate his work. The artist wanted to put his personal touch on the interior.

Arne Jacobsen's House in Charlottenlund, Denmark, 1929
The villa was built in 1929 by the architect Arne Jacobsen as his private residence. An extension was added in 1931 to house a private studio. The house is Jacobsen's first example of a building that takes inspiration from international functionalism. For information about guided tours, please contact

Gallen-Kallela Museum, Akseli Gallen-Kallela, Espoo, Finland 1913
Painter Akseli Gallen-Kallela is best known for his illustrations of the Kalevala, the Finnish national epic. His work was considered very important for the Finnish national identity. His explorer’s soul took him to East Africa and the United States. He designed and built his studio and house about 10 km northwest of the centre of Helsinki.

Hvitträsk, Eliel Saarinen e.a., Luoma, Kirkkonummi, Finland, 1903
Hvitträsk was built by Herman Gesellius, Armas Lindgren and Eliel Saarinen. The main building, in National Romantic style, built of logs and natural stone, served as an architectural office and a home for Eliel Saarinen and Armas Lindgren. It's is also the boyhood home of architect Eero Saarinen, who made his reputation primarily in the US.

Posted 27 August 2020