Iconic Houses website mobile proof!
iconichouses.org relaunched and is now mobile devices proof! We optimized our desktop site for your smartphone and tablet. New features are direct navigation to the addresses of the house museums listed and improved ways to share your favourite houses on social media. Look and feel hardly changed, but usability and navigation are optimised. Topics are clustered to make it easier to find what's of your interest, like: 'Icons at Risk', stories about 'restorations' or 'Meet the Experts' for a look behind the scenes with house museum professionals. Enjoy us mobile!
Welcome Chabot Museum in Rotterdam
Chabot Museum, designed in 1938 by Architect Gerrit W. Baas (1897-1977), is one of six monumental villas in international modernist style, surrounded by park-like gardens and on a prime location in Rotterdam. In conceptual origins, design and effect, the villa park is closely linked to the Bauhaus Meisterhäuser in Dessau. Baas worked many years for the renowned architects Brinkman & Van der Vlugt, who are known for the Sonneveld House in Rotterdam, in the same park and also on our map. Click on the link and then on the photo for more images.
In the News: Steinhaus on TV as Iconic House
The Steinhaus is a monument in Austrian architectural history. Günther Domenig (1932-2012) has developed his own house as stone formations in the alpine landscape; bizarre, bold and uncompromising. The Steinhaus was so modern then, that it was retouched from tourism brochures. Instead of the house, you would find a piece of forest on the photo! But now it becomes more and more a visitor magnet for tourists and architects. Watch the [German spoken] interview with our member, Rafaella Lackner, who runs the Architektur Haus Kärnten.
+More to Explore: Alvar Aalto's own Homes and Studio
The extraordinary homes and studio that Alvar Aalto designed for his own use in Helsinki and Säynätsalo are presented in one of our 'Specials' - micro websites within our main site. We now host 20 of these extensive presentations - you'll find them in the carousel at the bottom of our homepage and recognize them in the directory by the +sign. These Specials tell you all you need to know about some of the 20th century's most important homes, from established house museums and icons such as Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater, to hidden gems like Van Schijndel House.
New Artist Apartment in Vigeland Museum in Oslo
In 1921, sculptor Gustav Vigeland (1869-1943) signed an agreement with the City of Oslo. In return for promising the City his extensive collection after his death, he was given a large studio with an apartment. The studio would later and up to today serve as a museum to celebrate his work. The apartment is very much influenced by the artist. Before moving in, Vigeland was not particularly interested in interior design, but now he wanted to put his personal touch on it. Visits by appointment. Click on the link and then on the photo for more images.

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