Modernist Architecture Homes

When it comes to design the first modernist architecture homes come to mind. They have characterized many features and ideas that would later become popular in architecture today. Homes that follow these designs are characterized by large windows, wide doorways, and spaces set up as “spas”. In these homes the first modernist architecture homes were planned with the idea of providing plenty of natural light to make the space comfortable. The west side of the home was designed with a view to take advantage of the west facing windows.

In planning the home of the future the concept of planning for space efficiency took shape and was known as the “west-side technique”. This technique was developed by Peter Eisenman, who was an architect who worked on plans for the California State University at Los Angeles campus. He believed by adding steps to the homes that could be closed off from the rest of the home by utilizing what was then termed as the “west-side”.

The idea was that this would add privacy and make the home appear larger while at the same time would create a more natural feel. In order to use the west-side properly the steps leading to the door should have an orientation that was 90 degrees perpendicular to the home’s landscape setting. Also, the slope of the home’s landscape setting was to be utilized in order to allow for the maximum use of natural lighting. To help these concepts work they needed to be incorporated into the original design and approved by the members of the California State University.

This is where the concept of the “WEST LOSE” came about. The “WEST LOSE” meant that if a plan was to incorporate steps and angles into the home’s landscape setting that had been “reduced” or eliminated; they must be added back in through the use of “creative interpretations” or revisions. This “concept” was later picked up and incorporated into the very first modernist architecturally styled home, which was the residence of Johnald Reeser in 1969.

An exhibition involving eighteen artists was also held in 1969. It was entitled “The Building of a Self-Sufficient Household”. The participating artists were asked to produce a replica of a typical family home. This was done by plastering an existing home onto a steel framework. This was covered with an acrylic paint and various other finishes such as gold leaf and then a final acrylic paint that weighed around two hundred and forty pounds.

This was the inspiration for the building known as the Reeser House. It is located in Winnetu, Portugal on the north coast of the Atlantic Ocean and sits proudly on the shoreline of a gently used open air market. At the rear of the house is a terrace that leads straight upwards towards the house and its surrounding garden. Although it was completed in 1969, the structure of this home is one of great beauty.

Another building which has been recently completed using modernist architecture is the Alves Mortuen. This is located in the town of Alves at the southernmost tip of the Douro River in Brazil. The building is made from a series of raised chambers which slope gently down into the valley below. These have been purposely built in a manner in which the internal space flows neatly into the external space. These have been beautifully designed to create a continuous and organic flow that makes the home an extremely fine example of modernist architecture.

There are many other examples of modernist architecture which can be seen throughout the world. Some of these homes include the National Gallery in Washington DC, The Victoria and Albert Museum in London and The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. All of these buildings have won prestigious awards for their designs and structure. There are also homes for sale in some of these museums and galleries which demonstrate the excellence of the modernist architecture style. If you are looking for a home in which to spend your golden years you should certainly consider one of these homes.