IH-lectures USA & Canada Feb 2020 on Melnikov House

6th Iconic Houses Conference June 2020

An Afternoon with the Glucks

Wessel de Jonge on Dutch Icons at Risk

Jocelyn Bouraly on Villa Cavrois

Hetty Berens: A Fresh Take on Modernism

Hans van Heeswijk on The Pioneers of the Dutch Modern House

Chandler McCoy on Making Modern Houses Sustainable

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

Anita Blom on Experimental Housing of the 1970s

Niek Smit on Supporting Modern Heritage

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

SPECIAL – Hello Netherlands!

Iconic Reads

SPECIAL – Iconic Artist Residencies

Our Badge of Honour

SPECIAL – Hello Germany!

SPECIAL – Women & Iconic Houses

SPECIAL – Iconic Holidays!

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

House Tours May 2018 

Expert Meetings

Terence Riley -KEYNOTE SPEAKER- on Philip Johnson

New era for Villa E-1027 and Cap Moderne

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

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

Behind the Scenes: Hendrick de Keyser Association

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

Virtual Tour of a Papaverhof Home in 3D

Getty Grant for Villa E-1027

Iconic Dacha

11 Le Corbusier Homes now on Unesco World Heritage List

At home with Le Corbusier

Wright Plus 2016 Walk

Speaking Volumes: Building the Iconic Houses Library

Follow us!

Documentary La Ricarda

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

Annual Wright Architectural Housewalk: 18 May

Frank Lloyd Wright Homes on Screen

Message from the Editor

Neutra’s House on Screen

Melnikov House on Screen

Iconic Houses in the media

Message from the Editor

Eileen Gray House on Screen

Copy Culture

At Home in the 20th Century

New 20th century Iconic Houses website launches


Henry Urbach, The Glass House

Photo Henry Urbach by Melani Lust, photo Glass House by Stacy Bass, courtesy of the Glass House

Henry Urbach, director of the Glass House, was previously curator of architecture and design at SFMOMA from 2006 – 2011. Prior to that, he directed Henry Urbach Architecture, a gallery of contemporary art and architecture in New York, for nearly a decade. He has taught at several universities and published extensively on art, architecture, and culture.

We put our five questions to Henry.

Can you describe for us your relationship with significant houses?
I have had the pleasure of visiting many significant houses around the world and am often surprised by the experience of a place otherwise known only in photographs. Qualities such as smell, light, context, and spatial sequence matter a lot.

Which is your favourite house?
Impossible to answer! But somehow I keep dreaming of Paulo Mendes da Rocha’s Leme House. I would love to walk there with bare feet.

What’s the biggest challenge for you and your organization right now?
We are in the process of transforming the Glass House from a static historic house museum into an active place of cultural exchange, a center for new art and ideas. Developing excellent and exciting programs is one of the challenges we face. We also have a great many preservation needs and are working to secure a strong and sustainable future for the site.

What’s next for you?
We’ve already launched temporary exhibitions as well as performance and readings series that take advantage of the extraordinary atmosphere of the Glass House while building on its history as a place of cultural innovation. And there’s much more to come!

Which 21st century home is an iconic house of the future?
The Dupli.Casa by J. MAYER H. Architects.

Leme House, Paolo Mendes da Rocha, São Paulo, Brazil 1974. Photos Richard Powers