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Sterling Custom Homes brings you the next segment of the “Custom Home Builders in Austin Have Style” series.
When pertaining to common conversation about luxury custom homes, the terms “modern” and “contemporary” are frequently used synonymously. However, the two styles are actually quite different. Modern style was a precursor to contemporary. It was derived from the historical art movement of “modernism,” which was popularized in the 1950’s, so the term “modern” does not quite fit anymore.
Modernism is characterized by the rejection of realism. During the realist movement, typical art pieces were paintings of landscapes, portraits, and historical events. A modernist painting of a person would, for example, have elongated or distorted features. There was also a definite focus on geometric designs and patterns, which led to the modernist influence on architecture.
Modernism was a rebellion against classic architecture traditions. Because it has spanned more than 60 years, it also included other 19th and 20th century architectural styles, like Arts and Crafts, art deco, and ranch, too. It also produced some of the most renowned architects of the 20th century, including Frank Lloyd Wright and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, among others. The following are some key elements you are sure to find in Modern homes.
Open living spaces. Wright thought separate rooms impeded the flow of living. Modernist homes usually feature open floor plans that combine spaces for dining, relaxing and entertaining.
Clean, geometric lines. Modernist homes emphasize geometric forms.
Technologically advanced materials. Modernism advanced the use of new materials like iron, concrete, steel and glass, instead of traditional wood and plaster.
Function over form. Mies believed buildings (including homes) should be large and open to accommodate any function, and then subdivided with movable walls and screens. He believed the open space would foster a feeling of community. You can see this influence in the large sliding glass doors in the homes we build that open to unite the indoor and outdoor living areas.