Modern architecture generally refers to buildings that were designed after the turn of the 20th century.
A wide range of styles is included in modern architecture, but these are usually characterized by clean lines and minimal decoration. It relies on the use of advanced technologies and aims to meet the needs and expectations of modern society.
Form follows function
This term is used in relation to modern architectural designs and means that the design is derived from the purpose of a building. Famed architect Louis Sullivan was the first to use this term to describe designs that are solid, useful, and beautiful.
Sullivan designed skyscrapers in Chicago because the established style of architectural design was no longer appropriate. People’s tastes had changed, new technology had become available to construct such buildings, and economic forces meant that new designs were both necessary and achievable. Skyscrapers are used as both houses and business premises.
Truth about materials
The second concept that is widely used in modern architectural design is “truth about materials”. This means that the materials used in modern buildings and homes are not hidden, but presented in their natural form as accurately as possible. An example of this style is the Dakin Building in California.
This award-winning office building is characterized by clear lines and a distinctive geometric design. The porcelain panels used on the outside of the building are neither covered nor painted, but simply remain in their original form.
Modern architecture worldwide
Different approaches to the design of houses are being pursued around the world. In the US, the modernist approach to architecture is evident. In contrast, Italian architects used futurism in their architecture and the Russians preferred constructivism. The architecture of modern buildings in Western Europe was influenced by the Arts and Crafts movement and Expressionism.
Dupli Casa by J. Mayer H. Architects
Alan Voo House by Neil M. Denari Architects
Big Dig House by Single Speed Design
Casa Marisol from espaço a3
Chushin-ji from Katsuhiro Miyamoto & Associates
Dom Zlomu by Paulíny Hovorka Architekti
Freundorf Villa from Project A01
House 6 by Marcio Kogan
House on Lake Okoboji by Min | Day
Iseami House by Robles Arquitectos
Kowalewski residence by Belmont Freeman Architects
La Piscucha by Cincopatasalgato
Mediterranean pearl by Carlos Gilardi
Oakland House by Kanner Architects
Paraty House by Marcio Kogan
Pryor residence by Bates Masi Architects
Sosnowski residence of Chen + Suchart Studio, LLC
Tangga House by Guz Architects
Villa San Valentino by architect Stephen Unger