One of the main features of modern architecture is simplicity in design and form. Homes are stripped down to the basics to show the architectural elements of the home itself; rather than focusing on the decor or detailing work, the focus is on the space as a whole. Modern design encourages homes to be clean, functional and simple. The inner workings of the home tend to be visible: beams and other structural elements are often exposed to the viewer. Architects will use rooms that open onto patios and undivided windows, doors and glass walls to create a more seamless connection between the indoor and outdoor spaces.
Modern architecture also features linear elements. Lines are highly important in the design and the physical elements of the building such as beams, posts, fireplaces, windows, staircases, hvac supply and return slot diffusers are all used to assist the creation of a linear space. Even modern amenities such as audio visual equipment and appliances are carefully selected with the linear aesthetic in mind. The lines are typically straight and angled and roof lines are bold. Homes often have multiple roof lines at varying levels. The exterior design of the home isn’t simply functional but artistic.
Modern architecture focuses on open floor plans with fewer walls, creating a space in which the living, dining and kitchen areas are all combined. Sometimes fireplaces are used as an accent. Windows are used in the design in unique ways to bring in light. Modern homes often have floor-to-ceiling or above-eye-level windows and sliding doors to bring in more natural light and the building materials tend to be left in their organic state.
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