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Modern Architecture 263 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...
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...
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...
8 Gable Homes Reshaped for Modern Times
Previously I've looked at how the traditional gable form has been used in modern residential architecture. The use of the traditional form — what is the most familiar...
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...
Houzz Tour: A Craftsman Cottage Expands for a Growing Family
Nadia Blair was a single teacher in 2011 when she purchased a charming 844-square-foot, 1941 Craftsman cottage near downtown Austin, Texas. “It was perfect for me,” she says. “It was recently remodeled and in a great neighborhood,...
Window Wizardry: 7 Clever Approaches to Privacy
Creating privacy while letting in light and views can be an issue for many suburban homes. We often see frosted windows or deliberate screens as the only method of dealing with the issue. Luckily, we now have design alternatives that not only offer...
Design Workshop: Give Me an ‘H’
Like most architects, I am a perpetual student of the floor plan. I find it fascinating to trace the roots of a particular configuration to its origins. The roots of the...
Houzz Tour: Family Living in 980 Square Feet
Despite designing Texas-size homes (often topping 15,000 square feet), designer-builders Mark Schatz and his wife, Anne Eamon, are used to living in smaller homes. For 14 years they...
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