How does modern architecture differ from contemporary architecture?


How important is the distinction? “contemporary” architecture refers at its most literal level to the architecture that was currently being built, the architecture of the day. “Modern” architecture is different from earlier styles, especially before the Industrial Revolution.

Consequently, more than 1 stylistic theme is referred to in the term “modern.” And the word “modern,” from the early and mid-20th centuries, contains images of architecture that embody the aspirations of the machine age: lack of ornamentation, steel or concrete buildings, vast glass spaces, whitewash.


In spite of this, the term ‘contemporaries’ now refers to a specific architectural style, except for new postmodern, neo-classical or other neo-traditional structures. While its definition is certainly narrower than the original definition, contemporary architecture still has its roots in the present, contemporary architecture is its time, thus being inventive and forward-looking. This is in the modern, even if artistically it doesn’t like it.


The question is disappointing in this case because we look at a house in 1939. It has a half-circular volume, a winding top, corner windows, and a whitewash finish. This residence of Austin, Texas, was inspired by Hugh Jefferson Randolph’s 4-condo project in the background. The adjacent four-conder-shaped building of Hugh Jefferson Randolph is clearly inspired by the modern design of his predecessor: predominating whitewashing surfaces, visible corner windows and overhangs. Another feature of the modern style they all share is an intentional asymmetry that was prevalent before the 20th century, a departure from classical bilateral symmetry.



A major deviation from their previous project is the MuSh residence by Contemporary LAB+. Rather than White, the solid walls are randomly spaced revelations covered with zinc. A cantilever can be found but its relation to the main volume (rather than just an extension like in the first photos) is more complicated and offset by a notch on the opposite side. The house, like modern architecture, is boxy and flat-roofed, yet its centuries make it truly modern.

The modern structure is not always indicated by full-height glazing. At first sight, the current version of one by Kanner Architects, shorn and shifted in the centre, appears to be a red-framed glass-box. The most obvious manifestation is the continuity of the stucco-red frame like a ribbon, which sharply contrasts with the evident structure and structure of modern housing.

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