Luxury Living Homes by 20th-century architects and designers

Luxury Living: Homes by 20th-century architects and designers

In the wake of a spectacular 20th Century season at Christie’s which set 15 new artist world records, we present 5 homes around the world created by titans of 20th-century architecture and design — all from Christie’s International Real Estate


The creation of modernist Canadian architect James Strutt, this circular 1960s bungalow is built around a beautiful old maple tree. The fluid, light-filled living spaces, which appear to unfurl like a deck of cards, include a living room, dining room, games room and study. The open-plan kitchen and family room lead to a workshop with direct access to the double garage. A wraparound terrace enhances the indoor-outdoor ambience, and opens to 1.3 acres of wooded grounds overlooking Graham Creek.

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  • Alcooringa
    Sydney, Australia
    Price upon request

Alcooringa, a magnificent Spanish Mission-style mansion overlooking Sydney Harbour, was built in the 1930s by F. Glynn Gilling, one of the premier Australian architects of the inter-war period. The grand living and entertaining areas hark back to the era of Art Deco glamour. Among the highlights are a double-height galleria with sweeping staircase, grand ballroom, billiards room, and a wraparound terrace facing the harbour. Adding to the allure are magnificent grounds with a motor court, three-car garage, and detached guest cottage.

St Ann’s Court (also pictured at the top of this story) is a unique modern country estate in Surrey, just 30 minutes west of Central London. Set on eight acres of grounds, the property offers approximately 12,000 square feet of interior space across 34 rooms. The residence comprises a pair of substantial yet contrasting buildings: The Round House, a Grade II* modernist masterpiece by renowned 20th-century architect Sir Raymond McGrath; and The Coach House, once part of the estate’s original 18th-century manor home, which was converted into a world-class music studio in the 1980s.

Overlooking the Mediterranean from the cliffs above the Strait of Gibraltar, this one-of-a-kind villa is arranged over six levels, with spectacular sea-view terraces on every floor. Completely restructured and designed by the celebrated French architect and interior designer Andrée Putman, the minimalist property is a masterpiece of clean lines and geometric forms, and its prominent location helps to create unforgettable 180-degree maritime panoramas.

Masterfully designed by Foster + Partners, the architectural practice of the 1999 Pritzker Prize laureate, Sir Norman Foster, this full-floor residence offers more than 8,300 square feet of interior space with sweeping views of the Hudson River and downtown Manhattan. The property features an extraordinary 82-foot grand room connecting two separate wings, seven en suite bedrooms, two powder rooms, a library and media room. Building amenities include 24/7 concierge and valet services, a port-cochère, residents’ lounge, yoga room, and gym with sauna and steam rooms.