While today’s architecture encompasses a wide range of trends and styles, Contemporary architecture builds on the modernism that followed the Industrial Revolution. The uniformity and clean linearity of early modernism began to feel impersonal, and Contemporary responded by maintaining modernism’s open spaces but invigorating them with warmth, whimsy, asymmetry and regional flair. Not to be confused with Mid-Century Modern architecture, which spans the early 1930s to the late 60s, Contemporary architecture is very much of the 21st century and up-to-the-minute.
The Contemporary style’s design cues are unique: imbalanced façades and geometric shapes; flat or grass-planted roofs; large windows and skylights; open floor plans; outdoor living areas; sliding doors; and movable walls or partitions.
Not only do the aesthetics of Contemporary architecture usher nature indoors, its implementation can serve sustainability. Large windows welcome sunshine and can work in tandem with green heating. If parts of the home are cantilevered, that allows it to interact with the environment, providing an among-the-clouds airiness while annexing minimal ground space.
Famous examples of the style include, outside Tubac, Arizona, and designed by Rick Joy, the Tyler Residence, with rustic materials and austere structures that bring its saturated desert surrounds into relief, and, in Portland, Oregon, the dramatically cantilevered Hoke House by Skylab Architecture. (It was the Cullen family’s house in the movie Twilight).
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The home at 4669 Saint Benet Court in Fort Worth’s gated Montserrat enclave is a Contemporary update on Texas Hill Country style. Its many luxuries include Venetian plaster walls, a gourmet kitchen, a posh master suite with spa-like bath, five bedrooms, a game room, a tiered-floor media room, a study, two covered outdoor entertaining areas, two outdoor fireplaces and a pool with a spa.
The home, priced $1,949,900 is represented by Laura Spann and Jeremy Spann.
To shop all the exceptional homes offered by Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty by architectural style, visit briggsfreeman.com/architecture.