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Modern Architecture 245 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 Metaphor and 18 Bikes Inspire a Modern House
Can a house convey human feeling through its design? Architect Lisa Chadbourne thinks so. Her Seattle firm makes a point to get to know clients to create a home that’s not only functional, but also expresses a more personal, albeit abstract, representation...
Houzz Tour: Stacking Up to a Modern Master in Kansas
Inspiration for the design of a new house can come from many places, such as a client’s interests and wishes, a place’s context or another building. The latter, referred to as a precedent in design circles, was one major influence on Matthew...
Building on a Budget? Think ‘Unfitted’
Like any designer who has picked up a pencil and sketched a floor plan on a napkin, I have dreamed of designing and building my own home. What I want to create may seem radical to some, but I’ve been giving it a lot of thought....
Design Workshop: The Art of Joining Materials
I remember the first time I set foot on a bustling construction site as an intern architect fresh out of school. It was the first time I connected the abstract vision I had been drawing on paper to the reality — and chaos — of construction. It all...
Houzz Tour: Hugging the Rocky Cliffs in Big Sur
Winters in Chicago can be tough. According to the National Weather Service, this past winter was one of Chicago’s coldest, with the Windy City raking in the most days with temperatures at or below zero ever recorded. Brr. These chilly (OK,...
Step Right Up: Expressing Movement on Modern Stairs
In a previous ideabook I looked at how people and pets bring interior photos to life, and it included a couple of photos of people traversing stairs. In that piece I said that “stairs are static entities...
Design Workshop: Reasons to Love Narrow Homes
The simplicity, directness and beauty of a narrow floor plan makes it suitable for many building sites, and not only those on tight lots. Homeowners with narrow sites who feel constrained by tightness can embrace the narrow building plan, which...
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