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Modern Architecture 270 Stories

When confronted with a design brief and an undeveloped site, architects often look to the edges of that site for inspiration and meaningful architectural solutions. These boundaries, both real and imagined, are exciting places in which to build. The boundary often gives rise to the form of the building, its...
Roots of Style: The Birth of Modern Architecture
How did modernism find its way into residential architecture? Consider the meaning of “modern” within the context of the development of a style. “Modern” in this sense is the creation of a new aesthetic without building upon or interpreting earlier...
Iconic Architecture: 10 Must-Know Modern Homes
On some days it seems that modern architecture has 10 times as many detractors as proponents, even though the movement has influenced a great deal of residential architecture — from open floor plans to means of construction. Some of the dislike for...
Modern or Contemporary: What's the Difference?
What is the difference between modern and contemporary architecture? Why the distinction? At their most literal, "contemporary" is the architecture being produced now, the architecture of the moment. "Modern" architecture breaks with the past — specifically...
The Truth About 'Simple' Modern Details
One of the projects that I've been working on is a set of additions to a 1970s modern house in a North Shore suburb of Chicago. This house has all of the modern architectural design features: large walls of glass, reveals, a low-slope roof with interior...
Roots of Style: Midcentury Modern Design
Explaining the current popularity of midcentury modern home design leads us back to that 30-year stretch from 1945 to 1975 — a period of extraordinary economic growth, which produced an appetite for progressive design in everything from clothing to...
Design Workshop: The Modern Wall Base, 4 Ways
When architects talk about details, we’re referring to the way the parts and pieces of a home come together: how they’re joined, how they intersect....
Why We Love Midcentury Modern Design
What is it about midcentury modern design that has so many of us in a decorating tizzy? In this digital age of innovation and technology, why are we scouring flea markets, antiques stores and the Internet in search of pieces that were designed 50 to 60...
Frank Lloyd Wright's Prairie Triumph Returns
Frank Lloyd Wright's Prairie-style houses are some of the most recognizable pieces of residential architecture of the 20th century. Realized mainly in the first decade of the last century, the houses have low-pitched roofs, horizontal windows, brick walls...
Houzz Tour: Limits Bring Out the Best in a Modern Lakeside Home
Karen and Grant Richards bought a 5-acre parcel of land between a creek and the shores of Lake Austin, in Texas, with the dream of building a home that would serve as a retreat from their busy careers in San Francisco and, someday, as a place where they...
Houzz Tour: A Vintage Home Wrapped Up in a Box
Chris Maher and Charlotte Kennedy run their architecture and interior design practice, Studio 53, from home and, with three children all heading into their teens, decided to extend and renovate their newly purchased but run-down worker’s...
Houzz Tour: Stylish Farmhouse Addition Keeps a Low Profile
Like many of the homes built in this area in the late 1960s, this Mornington Peninsula, Australia, farmhouse was a simple, single-story brick veneer bungalow that was ordinary in every way. Far from taking in the glorious valley views, the low-set L-shaped...
Design Workshop: 10 Reasons to Put Craft Into Modern Architecture
We live in a machined world, and consequently we have high expectations for perfection and quality in everything we own. You’re likely within arm’s reach of a beautifully designed, highly machined piece of technology — like the one you’re using...
Lightened-Up Midcentury Kitchen Goes With the Flow
The last time these Boston homeowners renovated the kitchen in their 1960s ranch house was about 15 years ago. While most of their kids have flown the nest for college, they still have a 10-year-old boy at home, and they were ready for an update. The...
A Cantilevered Family Bathroom Boosts Square Footage
In densely populated cities like San Francisco, every square foot of space counts. And when Peter and Grace Liang used up square footage in their newly remodeled home, in the Bernal Heights neighborhood, to create a light well that brought light...
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