Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Modern houses with musical connections

The Modern House website does exactly what it suggests, lists modern (20th century and contemporary) houses for sale. But at the moment there are two with intriguing musical links, both to Glyndebourne. There is a house near Ware (link here), which was designed by Patty Hopkins; Michael & Patty Hopkins of Hopkins Architects designed the present Glyndebourne Opera House which was built in the 1990s. In fact the house in Ware was designed for Michael Hopkins' brother.

Then over in Watford, the Sugden House (link here) was designed by Alison and Peter Smithson for Derek and Jean Sugden. Derek, an acclaimed acoustic engineer at Arup, was responsible for the acoustics of Snape Maltings, Glyndebourne, Theatre Royal Glasgow and concert halls at the Barbican, Bridgewater and the Jacqueline du Pré Music Building among others.

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