Lately, there is a renewed interest in Modern Architecture. It is defined by clean lines and minimalist interiors and is free of clutter and unnecessary elements. Modern concepts in architecture were first introduced in the beginning of the 20th century through master architects of the Bauhaus movement such and Meis Van der Rohe and Walter Gropius and Le Corbusier as well as American masters such as Frank Lloyd Wright.
Masters of the Bauhaus embraced and new machine age and sought to
emulate the advances in industrial production and focus on new technologies. Structures using columns rather than structural walls allowed open plans and walls of glass. These advances were meant to create a universal architecture suited to any place. Frank Lloyd Wright embraced the same technological advances but did not seek a universal architecture but on very connected to a specific place. Fallingwater is one of America’s most popular houses. Wright used a cantilever structure from columns creating not a universal building but a building that is tied to its’ specific site.
Fallingwater is all about the connection to the sites waterfall. It’s sound, its’ cooling embrace and it’s other nurturing qualities Simplicity. Today’s hectic and complicated lifestyles have led to a trend where many
homeowners are seeking to create places of tranquility. They are looking at
modernism for the clarity and simplicity of its’ design. Home owners are focusing on the beauty of well proportioned spaces and simple color palettes. Also, by incorporating natural materials like Frank Lloyd Wright harmony with nature is created. Harmony with nature improves human physiology by calming life’s stresses.
Functionality A distinctive quality of modern architecture is open floor plans. These have distinct advantages today. Firstly, they accommodate multifunctional spaces easily. Houses are expensive to build. There is a real financial need to combine spaces. Dining spaces are within an overall living area rather than being separate rarely used rooms. Kitchens double as living spaces. Today’s kitchen cabinetry trends are focusing on cabinetry that looks like furniture. Appliances are fully integrated with cabinetry to disappear.
Functional islands are raised on legs to look like tables. Today’s families are busy; often two parents are working and children have
schedules that rival a CEO with extracurricular activities that run the gamut. Open multifunctional spaces allow for family socialization while cooking meals or to keep an eye on smaller children. These are just a few thoughts on why modern architecture speaks to us today.
Looking at today advancements. Contemporary architects are looking at the lessons learned from studying modernism and are keeping up to date on new building technologies. For example, Structural Glass has made possible translucent stairs than float through space while the user seems to float on air. facades can be opened up in creating an alluring invitation to enter.