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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

August 2013

Victoria & Albert Museum London November 12

First Iconic Houses Symposium in Europe comes to London

Experiencing the Building A Way Forward for Modern House Museums

The Iconic Houses Network and the Finnish Institute in London proudly announce the first Iconic Houses Symposium in Europe taking place 12 November at the Victoria & Albert Museum.

The Experiencing the Building: A Way Forward for Modern House Museums symposium focuses on the future of architecturally significant 20th century house museums all around the world, and it is organised by the Finnish Institute in London and the Iconic Houses Network.

The event is marking the first anniversary of the Iconic Houses Network, a world-leading platform for discussion about the conservation, policy and management of modern house museums. The symposium examines our relationship with the modern built heritage by showcasing the whole variety from top attractions and wonderfully restored buildings to sites in danger. The cases include, among others, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, Mies van der Rohe’s Villa Tugendhat, and the Melnikov House. Tommi Lindh, director of the Alvar Aalto Museum and Foundation and one of the panelists introduces the Finnish expertise in the restoration of modernist buildings.

The keynote speaker, London-based independent curator/writer and senior research fellow at University of the Arts London, James Putnam, explores the potential of modern house museums through contemporary art and artist interventions.

“The Iconic Houses Symposium is an opportunity for a high level debate to take place about the cultural, technical and bureaucratic requirements of maintaining modernist heritage in the 21st century. It has never been more important, to me, to recover and understand the optimism and emancipatory aspirations of modernist architecture, even at a historical moment where those motivations can seem remote and irrelevant. These houses are a global patrimony that tells that story very well", says Kieran Long, Senior Curator of Contemporary Architecture, Design and Digital at the V&A Museum who is chairing the symposium’s panel discussion.

To start the discussion five cases will be explored, including Melnikov House, Villa Tugendhat, Schindler House and Fallingwater. How to build audiences? How to make sure that iconic houses, as an extremely valuable part of our built heritage, will be professionally cared for and passed on intact to future generations? Come and join us!


10.00-10.30 Registration


  • Natascha Drabbe, chair and founder of the Iconic Houses Network, director of the Van Schijndel House, Utrecht: Opening words about
    'The importance of connecting 20th century house museums in a professional network'.
  • Susanna Pettersson, director of the Finnish Institute in London, co-founder of the Iconic Houses Network:
    ‘Modern houses as sites of excitement, joy and fear, introduction to the themes’
  • Clem Cecil, director of Save Britain’s Heritage, London:
    ‘The Melnikov House: the struggle to save an international icon’
  • Iveta Černá, director of Villa Tugendhat, Brno:
    ‘Beyond the glass room: re-restoring of Villa Tugendhat in Brno’
  • Werner Möller, researcher and curator, Bauhaus Dessau:
    ‘Clarity and fuzziness–or the ambiguity of rebuilding the Bauhaus Masters’ House’

13.00-14.00 Lunch


  • Lynda Waggoner, director of the Fallingwater, Mill Run:
    ‘God is in the details: managing the museum experience’
  • Kimberli Meyer, director of the Schindler House, Los Angeles:
    ‘Reconsidering the Schindler House’
  • James Putnam, curator, London:
    ‘Modern house museums as sites of contemporary art interventions’
  • Panel discussion: The Modernist Legacy - Conservation and Utopia
    Panel, chaired by Kieran Long, senior curator Victoria & Albert Museum.
    Panelists: Tommi Lindh, director Alvar Aalto Foundation/Alvar Aalto Museum, Helsinki, Catherine Croft, director of the Twentieth Century Society and Owen Hatherley, writer and journalist, London.
  • Natascha Drabbe and Susanna Pettersson: Closure

Date: Tuesday 12 November 2013
, 10:30am-5pm
Venue: Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre, Victoria & Albert Museum, South Kensington, London
Admission is free, but please note seats are limited and booking is essential.
For bookings contact: eleanna.breza@finnish-institute.org.uk

The Symposium is supported by Goethe Institut, Skandium, the National Trust’s London Project and the V&A Museum.

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