Why new homes are harking back to the 'core house' design of the 1950s on Houzz Website
The mid 20th century saw radical changes in planning and architecture in home design. The necessity for simple building solutions that were functional and addressed housing affordability was at the forefront of design. In the early 1950s architect Mies van der Rohe developed the Core House, which allowed interiors to be free and arranged at will around a fixed service core. It was basically a square house, surrounded by glass, with a ‘core’ in the middle containing the wet areas, such as the kitchen and bathroom. The number, size, and position of rooms could be easily changed around this core according to the circumstances. In fact, this concept was intended to be able to be adapted to different families and sites, making it perfect for prefabrication.