Everything You Need To Know About Mid-Century Modern Architecture ⇒ Since the beginning, we felt the need to take cover and create a place to call our own, a place of comfort. This evolved into an actual art form and nowadays we are lucky enough to witness some of the biggest architectural pieces of modern time. We feel so passionately about this subject that today CovetED brings you everything you need to know about mid-century modern architecture!
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1. Flat Planes
It’s very easy to notice that most of these homes have very regular and rigorous geometric lines. One of most regular features of them all are the roofs. It’s very common to see flat planes, and they instantly became one of the most popular features in mid-century homes.
2. Large Windows
Sliding-glass doors and other expansive panes of glass allowed light to enter rooms from multiple angles.
3. Changes In Elevation
Small steps going up and down between rooms creates split-level spaces, even if the rooms’ height differs just a few inches. A mid-century modern home usually has partial walls, or cabinets of varying heights to create different depths in the space.
4. Integration With Nature
Mid-century modern houses are usually located in areas with a lot of natural surroundings. To enjoy this advantage, rooms have multiple outdoor views, or multiple access points, encouraging an appreciation of healthy living, mirroring a very northern-European way of living.
Mid-Century Architects You Must Know
Eero Saarinen was a 20th-century Finnish American architect and industrial designer noted for his mid-century modern and neo-futuristic style. Some of his most famous works include the now-closed TWA Terminal at the JFK airport, as well as the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri.
Alvar Aalto’s career is reflected in the styles of his work, ranging from Nordic Classicism to a rational International Style Modernism during the 1930s to a more organic modernist style from the 1940s onwards. One of his most notable works is Maison Louis Carré, pictured above.
Arne Emil Jacobsen was a Danish architect and designer, probably best remembered for his contribution to architectural Functionalism. His works are mainly located in the North of Europe, with a very typical mid-century social building being one of his most famous works: Aarhus City Hall.
Mies van der Rohe
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe was a German-American architect. Along with Le Corbusier, Walter Gropius and Frank Lloyd Wright, he is widely regarded as one of the pioneers of modernist architecture. One of this most notable works has to be The Farnsworth House, which is probably one of the most famous houses in the world.
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