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Round house/glass house: JH Esmond Dorney at Porter Hill, Hobart


Norrie, H and Seadon, J, Round house/glass house: JH Esmond Dorney at Porter Hill, Hobart, Proceedings of the 31st Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, 2-5 July 2014, Auckland, New Zealand, pp. 817-826. ISBN 978-0-9876055-1-1 (2014) [Refereed Conference Paper]


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Throughout the mid-twentieth century Modernist ideals influenced residential design in many ways. In particular, experiments with geometry changed the form and function of the domestic dwelling, and this included an interest in polygonal buildings of different types. In the late 1920s Alvar Aalto, Arne Jacobsen and Buckminster Fuller all experimented with round houses. After the Second World War Frank Lloyd Wright, Bruce Goff and John Lautner, as well as lesser-known architects Raymond McGrath, Daniel Liebermann and Don Erickson, also designed round houses in England and the United States. Philip Goad suggests that these projects demarcate a humanist expansion of the Modernist domestic project, with the evolution of organic principles alongside the traditional functionalist principles producing varied domestic outcomes.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:modern architecture, round house, glass house, dorney
Research Division:Built Environment and Design
Research Group:Architecture
Research Field:Architecture not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Construction
Objective Group:Other construction
Objective Field:Other construction not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Norrie, H (Dr Helen Norrie)
UTAS Author:Seadon, J (Mr Joel Seadon)
ID Code:94767
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Architecture
Deposited On:2014-09-17
Last Modified:2018-03-20
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