Often interchanged, the terms modern and contemporary can be confusing. Modern architecture began in the first half of the 20th century and ‘ended’ in the 1980s (replaced by postmodernism). It sprang from advances in construction, specifically reinforced concrete, glass, and steel.

Defined by the idea that form follows function, modern architecture typically consists of exposed structure, simple shapes, and minimalist details. The design rendering below is an example of a clean and simple modern design.

By definition, contemporary means belonging to the present. Contemporary designs may use similar materials and follow similar ideals but are often innovative or re-imagined.  The two meanings will continue to be used interchangeably; the import aspect is in communicating what is important to you in their ideal, functions, and aesthetics. In many cases, a picture is worth a thousand words. 

Check back as we continue to explore the appeal of Modern Architecture today.