Modern architecture is a building style that emerged in Europe and America in the first half of the twentieth century. It rejected the ornamentation of the Victorian and Gothic Revival styles in favor of sleek minimalism and functionalism—or the idea that a building should prioritize functionality above all else.
Every modern architect has their own unique style and technique. However, there are a few key features of modern design to look out for when trying to spot a modernist building.
Modern design is characterized by clean lines with minimal orientation and sleek, consistent surfaces.
Modernist buildings rarely include structures that aren’t deemed essential to the functionality of the building. The results are large, open living spaces.