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Serralves Villa after restoration

Watch Pioneers of the Dutch Modern House Now On Demand

Portraits of the Architect - Interview with Gennaro Postiglione

Test Labs for New Ideas - Interview with Natascha Drabbe

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BCN-BXL Coderch-De Koninck - Beyond Time

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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

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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

11 February 2016

Meet the Friends – Elisabeth Tostrup

Elisabeth Tostrup is Emerita Professor of Architecture at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design in Norway – and a Friend of Iconic Houses. A practising architect for many years, she is also an experienced researcher who received her doctorate in 1996 for the thesis Architecture and Rhetoric: Text and Design in Architectural Competitions, Oslo 1939 –1990. Her writings include the books Norwegian Wood: The Thoughtful Architecture of Wenche Selmer (2006), and Planetveien 12: The Korsmo House – A Scandinavian Icon (2014).

What’s your relationship with iconic houses?
Ever since I started my studies in architecture half a century ago, iconic houses have stuck in my memory – not only their image, but especially the in situ experience: their spatial quality, their dimensions, materials and structures, the light, the smells and even the temperatures. These real experiences are often stunningly intense compared with the idea you have formed in your mind based on presentations in books and journals. Quite often the dimensions are smaller, strikingly physical, and very human.

Do you have a favourite house?
I have to say the Korsmo house in Oslo, which was the subject of my last book. The Norwegian architect and CIAM member Arne Korsmo designed the house for himself and his wife, the renowned enamel artist Grete Prytz Korsmo (later Kittelsen), between 1952 and 1955. The house is fascinating because, on the one hand, it displays an apparently simple modular construction in plain materials, owing to the strict regulations of the post-war reconstruction period, while on the other hand it has a rich and unique spatial atmosphere thanks to the use of inventive furnishings, colours, and various translucent and transparent materials.

What kind of house do you live in, and what appeals to you most about your home?
I live in two places. The flat where I spend most of the year is in a six-storey house from 1936, quite centrally located in Oslo. It’s a quality functionalist building. I did some refurbishing in the late 1980s, and plan to do some renovations again. The location is excellent: I can walk to the city centre, theatres and concerts. I can also take the tram to the hills where we go skiing, or cycle ten minutes to my rowing club on the Oslo fjord. My summerhouse on the south coast of Norway, a small wooden construction built in 2010, offers more direct contact with nature, with the sea and sky.

What role would you like Iconic Houses to play?

I hope it will continue to vitalise the worldwide network of iconic houses. We have so much to learn from each other, not least how best to present these treasures to students and to the public in general. Iconic houses are important in architectural education and in our understanding of architecture. Perhaps the residential nature of these houses makes it easier for us to identify with them, and thus gain a deeper knowledge of architectural qualities.

Which 21st-century Norwegian house should become an Iconic House, and why?
House Bøe/Møller, built between 2011 and 2014 by the architect Knut Hjeltnes near Oslo, is rather introverted due to the site, which offers no view. Instead, the attention is directed towards the six small atriums (some covered), a beautiful pine tree and an 8-m-deep stretch of maple and birch. Once inside the house, the spatial sequences offer beautiful views, with an amazing light that enters from different directions, including the skylights. The orchestration of materials and the craftsmanship are outstanding.

What are you working on now?
I am working on an article for the 14th Docomomo International conference in Lisbon in September 2016. It deals with the adaptive re-use of the Korsmo house in Oslo. Protected by law, the 1950s house needed repairs and some adaptations to make it suitable for the family life of a new owner with children.

Korsmo House, seen from the garden, 1955, Oslo Norway. Photo: Finn Arne Johannessen

Korsmo House living room, 1955, Oslo Norway. Photo: Ane Hjort Guttu

The Bøe/Møller House, Knut Hjeltnes 2011-’14, Bærum, Norway. Photo: Knut Hjeltnes

The living room of the Bøe/Møller House, Knut Hjeltnes 2011-’14, Bærum, Norway. Photo: Annette Andersen

Publication date 11 February 2016