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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


Mireia Massagué on finding success through a new kind of partnership

Mireia Massagué manages the Eduardo Chillida Museum in San Sebastián, Spain. The museum, which encompasses a farmhouse and a sculpture park, recently reopened after being forced to close following the sculptor’s death. Mireia explains to us how it found success.

What is most unique about the Chillida Leku Museum?
The grounds make up part of exhibition, and they are also works of art in themselves – along with the farmhouse, which is a traditional Basque building from the 16th century –. The museum was conceived and opened by Eduardo Chillida himself as a result of his philosophy and unique way of working.

What do you most cherish about your role?
For this job, it’s absolutely essential to be in love with the art, and to share the philosophy of the artist. This is the most enriching part of my work.

Why did the museum have to close in the past, and how did it reopen?
When the museum closed, tourism wasn’t as strong in this region as it is today. But this wasn’t the only factor. In order to reopen, we found a new sustainable model for it, with a refurbished shop and a new café that did not exist before. Today, Hauser & Wirth is the gallery that represents the estate of Eduardo Chillida, and it’s a natural supporter of the museum. Iwan and Manuela Wirth are really proud to be involved in this new era for Chillida Leku. So, now the Chillida family can draw on the support, advice and expertise provided by Hauser & Wirth, and both parties can work together to safeguard Chillida’s legacy. This partnership constitutes a new way of working in the art world.

Were there preservation issues with the old farmhouse?
It had actually been very well maintained by Chillida himself, working with Joaquín Montero, a local architect. For the reopening, the architects Luis Laplace and Jon Essery Chillida (the sculptor’s grandson) were in charge to ensure that the farmhouse remained as it was conceived.

How concerned are you about preservation in Spain in general? Is enough being done?
The socio-political circumstances of the country meant that conservation legislation was not developed until the 1980s, which stunted the field. However, awareness has increased over the last couple of decades and we seem to be catching up!

What would you like people to notice on a visit to Chillida Leku?
To realise that they are in a unique museum – not only because it is in the open air, but because of the relationship between the environment and Chillida’s work. He conceived this place as space where people could walk among the trees and the sculptures. It’s gratifying to see how people enjoy their visit, not only adults, but also children.

Do you have a favourite Modern house?
Barcelona Pavilion, in my hometown, has inspired the work of several generations of architects and designers. That includes the Barcelona Chair, which has become an icon of Modern design and is of course still produced today.

What is the most urgent issue that heritage homes currently face?
The most important challenge is to not only to preserve the house, but also do it in a really sensitive way – respecting the ideas behind its conception. I do notice that architects are now beginning to realize that sometimes renovation work must be invisible. This was the vision that Luis Laplace had for his work on Chillida Leku. It’s a new trend that is also improving the preservation of Modern homes.

What do you think is the most hopeful circumstance for heritage homes right now?
In today’s climate, people are increasingly getting in touch with the notion that the environment needs to be protected, while also connecting in a deeper way with their local heritage and their sense of belonging. This also translates to the way people now value heritage homes, and their commitment to conserving them.

Jane Szita

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Updated 22 March 2021