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The 20 Buildings Every Architect Should Know

Given the subjective nature of architectural discourse, it seems unlikely that you or I will every agree on a definitive list of buildings that architects need to know about – but there is always one person willing to take on a seemingly impossible task. Enter Professor Simon Unwin, architect and lecturer at the University of Dundee in Scotland, who has produced a book detailing 20 buildings – primarily residential – that he believes are crucial to our understanding of architectural design.

Check out the full list below, and then join the impending debate / raging argument about his choices – and glaring omissions – over on Facebook!

Yours seminally,

The Angry Architect

 

01

Barcelona Pavilion

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

 

1278:

 

02

Neuendorf Villa

John Pawson and Claudio Silvestrin

 

1277:

 

03

Endless House
Frederick Kiesler

 

1274:

 

04

St Peter’s Church
Sigurd Lewerentz

 

1273:

 

05

Sea Ranch Condominium 1
Charles W. Moore, Donlyn Lyndon, William Turnbull Jr. and Richard Whitaker

 

1272:

 

06

Villa E-1027
Eileen Gray and Jean Badovici

 

1271:

 

07

Esherick Casa
Louis Kahn

 

1270:

 

08

Fallingwater
Frank Lloyd Wright

 

1269:

 

09

Farnsworth House
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

 

1267:

 

10

Il Danteum
Giuseppe Terragni

 

1268:

 

11

Guest Studio in Kempsey
Glenn Murcutt

 

1265:

 

12

La Casa Del Agua de Ojo
Ada Dewes and Sergio Puente

 

1264:

 

13

La Congiunta
Peter Märkli

 

1263:

 

14

Le Cabanon
Le Corbusier

 

1262:

 

15

Maison à Bordeaux
Rem Koolhaas / OMA

 

1261:

 

16

Therme Vals
Peter Zumthor

 

1260:

 

17

House of lattice walls
Kathryn Findlay and Wisaku Ushida

 

1259:

 

18

Villa Busk
Sverre Fehn

 

1256:

 

19

Villa Mairea
Alvar Aalto

 

1257:

 

20
Villa Savoye

Le Corbusier

 

1258: