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Modern and Mid-Century Architecture
Portland Modern and Mid-Century Modern homes are a stylish reflection of their times. Mid-Century style homes' aesthetic includes a clean look with acute angles, glass walls, natural materials, stone surfaces, and an open floor plan. Modern homes are known for their “futuristic” look in part because of the wider availability of mass-produced residential building materials and new technologies in post-World War II America.
Many great architects whose designs were seen as avant-garde came from Germany before World War II. Marcel Bruer, Mies van der Rhe, and Walter Gropius relocated to America during this time.
In the 1950s, other visionary architects such as Joseph Eichler, William Lescaze, Richard Neutra, and Rudolph Schindler also influenced home design in America. Frank Lloyd Wright, the trainer of mid-century architects Rudolph Schindler and Richard Neutra, was a big inspiration for many designers.
Design characteristics of modern homes include:
- Integration with nature
- Changes in elevation
- Large windows
- Flat planes
- Concrete & gravel hardscapes
- Insulating concrete forms
Modern Home Interiors
The open floor plans allow an abundance of natural light throughout the home and increase the visual flow from one room to another.
Modern home interiors embrace clean lines and natural materials such as stone and teak combined with polished or brushed metal surfaces.
There are different interpretations of mid-century homes. International influences from cutting-edge European designers included metal windows, flat roofs, and a lack of ornamentation. Individuals walking through a mid-century home will notice no carvings on windows, doors or eaves, clean lines, and an overall sense of openness.
Many of today's home buyers now clamor for the mid-century modern style. At this point, houses built during the 1960s are currently eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. Homes designed by leading architects fetch top dollar, often with multiple offers in the competitive Portland market where mid-century homes' inventory is usually low. New listings tend to sell quickly.
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