The two rows of studio mid century townhouses that bookend Shepperton’s Manygate Lane Estate are unlike any townhouses you’ve ever seen: the façade of each is dominated by 18 feet of vertical glazing, which spans the top two floors. It is in one of these that Tim and Akiko Bubb live, along with their nine-month-old son, Alex. The townhouses design draws strongly on the principles of Scandinavian Modernist architecture, to optimize space and natural light. Tim is a Mid Century Modern furniture dealer, founder of MCM Interiors, so I knew their home would be interesting, but I couldn’t have imagined the visual feast that awaited.
Designed in 1964, in the same period as Span housing emerged in the UK…
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