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Modern Architecture 255 Ideabooks

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 styles. Two phases of modern residential design took place...
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...
Houzz Tour: A Modern Take on a Montana Log House
After designing a house in the scorching climate of Tucson, Arizona, without air conditioning, architect Arthur Andersson brought a similar concept to a much chillier region. “I said let’s do a house in Montana that doesn’t have any central...
Houzz Tour: Platinum-Rating Hopes for a Sterling Modern Home
Architect David Marlatt has a love-hate relationship with the sun. He’s always looking to capture its natural light for the homes he designs, but at the same time trying to block —...
Brazilian Homes Score With Modern Style and Fun
All eyes are on Brazil, and regardless of whom you’re cheering for, Brazilian design is a guaranteed winner. From Oscar Niemeyer’s modern masterpieces in Brasília, to the whimsical...
Houzz Tour: Modern Personality in an Old Atlanta Neighborhood
This modern house in Atlanta jump-started two life-changing events for two pairs of people. First, it was where Calvin Florian and Kelly Hart started their family. The two had lived in an industrial loft as well as a rented house in Atlanta’s...
Houzz Tour: Touches of Frank Lloyd Wright in Colorado
During her time as a real estate appraiser in Boulder, Colorado, Laurie Carlton-Marez saw a lot of homes. But the Prairie-style ones, with their hipped...
Design Workshop: Connecting Our Built and Unbuilt Worlds
At a basic level, our homes are little more than pragmatic containers for our everyday lives, charged with holding the assortment of objects that define who we are and the specifics of how we interact with the world. This is because home design often...
Houzz Tour: A Modern Loft Rises in a Onetime Bakery
When their children grew up, this couple ditched their suburban lifestyle for a more urban, walkable one in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood. They bought a loft-style condo in an early-1900s building that once housed the industrial bakery...
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