Style Series: Contemporary

Generally speaking, contemporary architecture refers to homes and buildings built in the present. A variety of styles influence present day architecture, although the style has since evolved into a more specific look and feel.

Contemporary architecture incorporates modern architecture elements (clean lines, white walls and materials, and box-like forms) in a warmer way. Like modernism, contemporary architecture emphasizes indoor-outdoor connectivity to blur the line and create a greater sense of space. Unlike modernism, the style doesn’t shy from unique materials and textures, and the forms are less rigid.

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Loma Linda One, located in Sarasota, Florida, is a great example of indoor-outdoor convergence and contemporary forms. Ample outdoor entertaining space coupled with inviting lighting and natural materials makes the space feel warmer than traditional modern architecture.

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Another Sarasota, Florida home, Lotus on Orange uses differing materials, lighting, and forms to create a distinct front façade. Elegant detailing ensure that this house is both clean-lined and luxurious.

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As mentioned previously, contemporary architecture does not need to be solely rectilinear. The Collingwood Residence in Los Angeles, California pulls in grand curves and expansive glass to show off its contemporary flair. The home takes advantage of views and outdoor living space.


Alexandra Isham is the Design Program Manager at NAHB.

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