Modernism In Architecture

Characteristics of Modern Architecture

Nowadays several architectural designs are known as Modern architecture, but what is really the Modern style?

The origin of Modern architecture goes back to the end of the 19th century. In fact, Modern architecture was the consequence of the industrial revolution, the construction industry changed from traditional building styles filled with ornaments to make something functional.


New industrialized materials and new technologies had a great impact on starting Modern architecture. The utilizing of some materials increased dramatically during Modern architecture, concrete, brick, steel, glass, aluminum, natural stone, and wood. Moreover, there is an emphasis on the honesty of materials; for example, to express its natural look, wood is stained instead of being painted. Or there is not a finish layer on the concrete elements.

Open Plan Space

One of the main features of Modern architecture is open spaces interiors and floor plans with fewer walls and closed rooms, also facade materials of glass and steel. The modern architecture uses straight and angled lines instead of curved, gabled, and carved.

Connection to Outdoors

Modern architecture almost always brings the outdoor space into interior spaces by incorporates the topography of the land it is built on within the home’s design or an immense amount of usage of glass walls. Fallingwater, which is the best example of Modern architecture, shows this feature perfectly.

Lack of ornament

Elaborate trim and decorative moldings are eliminated, leaving buildings clean and simple. Instead of ornamentation, the material use is executed in interesting ways, such as meeting in unique joints.

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