Inside Iconic Houses Tours are back! Isokon Building 18 November

Inside Iconic Houses - Live Online Tour Program

Pioneers of the Dutch Modern House

Portraits of the Architect - Interview with Gennaro Postiglione

Test Labs for New Ideas - Interview with Natascha Drabbe

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

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

SPECIAL – Northern (High)Lights!

SPECIAL - Casas Icónicas en España!

SPECIAL - Vacances en France!

SPECIAL – Iconic Dreams - Sleep in an Iconic House!

SPECIAL – Dutch Delights!

SPECIAL – German Greats!

Villa Henny, geometric style icon in The Netherlands

A Mendini temple in Amsterdam

IH-lectures USA & Canada Feb 2020 on Melnikov House

An Afternoon with the Glucks

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

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


Marga Viza, Casa Míla/La Pedrera

Marga Viza was born in the city of Mataró on the outskirts of Barcelona, where, it so happens, Gaudí constructed his first civil building. She has been working in the field of art, exhibitions and natural and cultural heritage management for more than 20 years, and her passion for architecture, art and nature means that her job— firstly as Director of Exhibitions and then as Director of Culture at the Fundació Catalunya-La Pedrera for almost three years—is a dream come true.

Marga is the co-organizer of the 3rd Iconic Houses Houses Conference that is hosted by La Pedrera on the 25th of November.

Describe your relationship with significant houses
I have spent more than half of my professional career working in an iconic house, La Pedrera, which was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1984. This experience makes you acutely aware of the importance of this heritage, its significance in its day and its place in the history of world architecture, as well as the implications of the fact that your work is essential to its conservation, to raising awareness of it and for passing on this tremendous cultural heritage to future generations. In addition, La Pedrera is our flagship as it is the foundation’s central offices.

Which is your favourite house?
The world is full of enchanting buildings of outstanding beauty and magnificent construction, but I would choose the genius of Gaudí and La Pedrera. Gaudí employed the best and most innovative technical and structural solutions ever used at that time in Casa Milà, popularly known as La Pedrera, his last work of civil architecture, creating an aesthetically distinctive building in which curves are the rule and undulations the undisputed fundamental principle. It is a fascinating, magical building full of surprises… It is a unique building.

What’s the biggest challenge for you and your organization right now?
As is the case for most museums and cultural centres or bodies, our main challenge today is continuing to raise sufficient funds for our cultural mission, not only to conserve and raise awareness of the building, but also for a series of projects related to a range of other areas, such as architecture, heritage, the plastic and performing arts, audio-visual culture and philosophy. In addition, Fundació Catalunya-La Pedrera does considerable work related to social issues (helping the elderly, groups of people most in need, etc.) and the environment (as the owner and manager of 5% of the land in Catalonia, it protects our natural heritage and the landscape), and is also involved in the fields of knowledge, education, research, health and food. So, our foundation faces a very broad and diverse set of challenges.

What can we soon expect?
Last year, we celebrated the hundredth anniversary of the completion of the construction of the building. Much of that period was marked by change, a lack of understanding and ignorance, and our task today is to continue the work we began two decades ago to restore the building. We are committed to conserving, preserving, studying and raising people’s awareness and appreciation of La Pedrera, an immensely important part of our historical and cultural heritage, through our effective and efficient, sustainable and sympathetic management of the building, ensuring that keeping it open to visitors is compatible with its conservation and international renown.

Which 21st century home is an iconic house of the future?
The 21st century has been a time of immense creativity in architecture and there are many names I could mention, among them Renzo Piano, Rafael Moneo, Santiago Calatrava, Miralles & Tagliabue, Frank Gehry... If I had to pick out a couple in particular, I especially like the organic architecture of Kazuyo Sejima and Toyo Ito. I would single out Toyo Ito’s White O house, for example.

White O House, Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects, Marbella, Chile, 2009

The Iconic Houses Network recently launched a webspecial of Casa Milá in Barcelona, Spain. Casa Milà, popularly known as La Pedrera, is a clear example of Gaudí’s work as a mature architect. In this building, he brought together all the knowledge he had acquired over the years and, as a result, it has been recognised for its enormous value as a monument and as an expression of our heritage and art, so much so that it is now regarded as one of the landmarks of 20th-century architecture.

La Pedrera, which has been open to the public as a cultural centre for more than 20 years, recently joined Iconic Houses and is pleased to play an active part in the network. It is proud to be hosting the network’s forthcoming conference, due to be held on 25 November 2014, which will provide an opportunity to establish a fruitful tradition of meetings between the people who work in these remarkable buildings, as well as with the public interested in architecture and heritage.

See also: www.lapedrera.com.

Recommended viewing: ‘The Casa Milá’, a documentary directed by Frédéric Compain in the ARTE series Architectures (25:26 min).