Negotiating the modern cross-class ‘model home’: domestic experiences in Basil Spence’s Claremont Court

Sandra Costa Santos (Lead / Corresponding author), Nadia Bertolino

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This article investigates the spatial articulation of architecture and home through the exploration of current domestic experiences in Basil Spence’s Claremont Court housing scheme (1959-1962), Edinburgh. How architecture and home are both idealized and lived is the backdrop for a discussion that draws on the concept of “model home,” or physical representation of a domestic ideal. The article reads Claremont Court as an architectural prototype of the modern domestic ideal, before exploring its reception by five of its households through the use of visual methods and semistructured interviews. Receiving the model home involves negotiating between ideal and lived homes. Building on this idea, the article contributes with a focus on the spatiality of such reception, showing how it is modulated according to the architectural affordances that the “model home” represents. The article expands on scholarship on architecture and home with empirical evidence that argues the reciprocal spatiality of home.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)492-507
Number of pages16
JournalSpace and Culture
Issue number4
Early online date29 May 2018
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2020


  • architectural affordances
  • architecture and home
  • cross-class domestic ideal
  • domestic experiences
  • modern model home

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Urban Studies
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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