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Modern house by Sydney Opera House architect hits the market

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Once described as “probably the best modern house in the world”

The Ahm House in Harpenden, Hertfordshire in southern England was designed by Jørn Utzon, the Danish architect behind the Sydney Opera House, in 1962. In 2008, architecture critic Hugh Pearman of The Sunday Times described it as “probably the best modern house in the world.” Now, it is up for sale and asks £3,500,000, or approximately $4,618,000.

Grade-II listed in 1988, the 4,500-square-foot six-bedroom was originally designed for Utzon’s friend and fellow Dane, Povl Ahm, the chairman of engineering firm Arup. Ten years later, it received an extension by Arup architect Ulrick Plesner, then another smaller one executed by the 800 Group.

Long, flat, and low-slung, this midcentury treasure features an open-plan, extensive glazing, and a mix of materials characteristic of the architecture of the time. Exposed precast concrete beams and wood paneling run along the ceiling of the home, while pale Aylesbury brick make up most of the interior and exterior walls. Copper edges the roofline, and teak and irregularly placed mullions accent the floor-to-ceiling windows of the living areas, framing garden views. Swedish Höganäs white tiles and carpeting delineate the subtle changes in planes.

Other amenities include a library, sauna, skateboarding facility, tree house, and much more. What do you think—is this the best modern house in the world?