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A unique resource for travellers and lovers of 20th century houses is now online at

Life will get easier for fans of 20th century domestic architecture with the launch of a new resource. The Iconic Houses website, with its handy map interface, identifies dozens of iconic modern houses around the world – most of them open to visitors and some even accommodating overnight guests. The website will be followed shortly by an app for the iPhone and iPad.

Press release 9.11.2012 lists a hundred landmark houses from the 20th century by location, together with background information on their creators and related news stories. A high number of new submissions is expected, and to deal with these the network has developed stringent selection criteria. “We only want to list the best of the bunch,” Natascha Drabbe, owner and curator of the Van Schijndel House in Holland says. The best include the unmissable big names like Fallingwater by Frank Lloyd Wright, the Schindler House, the Alvar Aalto House and Unesco-listed Villa Tugendhat by Mies van der Rohe, but visitors to can also discover hidden gems, such as Geoffrey Bawa’s Colombo residence in Sri Lanka, where visitors can also stay overnight.

Press release 9.11.2012

Press release 5.11.2012

About Iconic Houses network

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Director Susanna Pettersson,, tel. +358 40 7360 699,
Alvar Aalto Foundation/ Alvar Aalto Museum

Producer Tomi Summanen,, tel. +358 44 555 7337, Alvar Aalto Museum