Modern or Contemporary Architecture, What's the Difference?

April 1, 2020

The difference between modern and contemporary styles in terms of architecture is simpler than you might think. Chances are you are here because you do not know the difference, so here you go...

Modern Architecture

Modern architecture is a type of architecture that came to be in the early and mid 20th century. The style was revolutionary and enlightening for the time. As most art, architecture usually follows trends comprised for the foundation of a previous style, but this was not quite the case for modern architecture. During the late 19th century and early 20th century (before modern architecture) architecture was comprised of detailed craftsmanship, typically with a brick facade. Modern architecture was characterized to be simple, with a typically white-washed facade, large windows and linear elements. You can see how this change was progressive in comparison to the existent architecture of the time. Modern architecture has expanded over time, without an exact definition today. Le Corbusier and Frank Lloyd Wright are known architects of the modern movement.

Examples of Modern Architecture:

LaVillaSavoyeLeCorbusier 01
Le Corbusier's the Villa Savoy 1928.

Contemporary Architecture

Contemporary architecture is a much more simple style to grasp. Contemporary simple means of current time. With this definition, the term contemporary could be applied to Roman architecture from a perspective of that time period. Architecture in general is a unique art form in the fact that buildings remain in our constant lives, theoretically forever unless they are destructed.

Example of Contemporary Architecture:

Hollywood Hills home, recently built.
Hollywood Hills home, recently built.

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2 comments on “Modern or Contemporary Architecture, What's the Difference?”

  1. Is the caption for the second picture supposed to say "Example of CONTEMPORARY architecture"? (because right now it says modern)

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