Know Your History: New Modern Homes – Style Derived from Iconic Modern Homes
Portland home builders have architects like Frank Lloyd Wright, Philip Johnson and Walter Gropius to thank for the new modern homes that they build today. These iconic architects made popular the idea that form follows function and that less may sometimes be more.
The following are legendary modern homes from which any Portland home builder or architect may draw inspiration:
Fallingwater | Mill Run, Pennsylvania
Now a historic landmark, Frank Lloyd Wright built Fallingwater literally on top of a waterfall. Wright inspired architects and designers with his timeless tiered exteriors, earthy tones and the way that he seamlessly transitioned the interiors to the exteriors.
Glass House | New Canaan, Connecticut
It’s small. It’s simple. It’s transparent and has a steel frame. Philip Johnson’s GlassHouse embodies modern minimalism with the use of geometry, proportion and abundance of natural light. It’s a prime example of form and function.
Gropius House | Lincoln, Massachusetts
The German Bauhaus School founder, Walter Gropius, built his family home in the late 1930s using revolutionary modern materials like glass blocks and chrome. The white exterior, ribbon windows and exterior spiral staircase are an example of the Bauhaus aesthetic and modern common sense.
Lovell House | Los Angeles, California
Known as the first steel frame house in the U.S., the Lovell House is an important monument in architectural history. Built by Richard Neutra, the home has an industrial feel and exemplifies the use of repetition, natural light and an open floor plan that leads outside to the patio or rooftop garden.
George Hale is the owner of H. Hudson Homes. H. Hudson Homes specializes in building new modern homes in the Portland, Oregon and surrounding areas with an emphasis on cutting-edge design and sustainability.