New Ways

Professor Dr. P. Behrens, W. J. Bassett-Lowke, Northampton, 1926


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The new house contrasting against the old 

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  • The new house contrasting against the old    
  • The garden elevation    
  • Front entrance elevation showing ultramarine blue front door    
  • West side elevation showing garden entrance    
  • View of the hall with primrose yellow walls and blue carpet    
  • View of the orange, brown and walnut dining room from the hall    
  • Internal view of the lounge    
  • The study with black furniture, vivid yellow radiator screen, primrose yellow walls and orange, red, blue, grey and yellow stencilling    
  • The spare bedroom    
  • The master bathroom    
  • The veranda accessed from the master bedroom    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • First floor plan    
  • Sketch of plan for hall floor    

Two-storey modernist home for architect and designer

The site is on a natural slope from the roadway towards the back. The house is entered by modern gates, painted in deep ultramarine blue. It is sunk into the garden, and reached via flagstone path.

The entrance is flanked by windows and overshadowed by a concrete hood. A projecting V shaped window rises from this. These contrast with the white washed walls, which also differentiate the building from its neighbours.

The house has a flat roof and squat chimneys. Below, small concrete crestings, painted in black, project from the roof. The central feature of the back elevation is a recessed balcony or loggia. A concrete rainwater tank lies underneath.

The house was considered modern for its lack of outbuildings and innovative use of concrete. It also featured electric power and heating in every room.


  • Completed: Nov 1926
  • Sector: House
  • Address: New Ways, Northampton, United Kingdom

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