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The Benefits of Modern Design

The Benefits of Modern Design
The Benefits of Modern Design, Under Pohutukawa / Herbst Architects. Image © Patrick Reynolds
Under Pohutukawa / Herbst Architects. Image © Patrick Reynolds

To become an architect is to learn to fall in love with clean lines, pure functionality, and minimal simplicity. Which is why it’s so hard for us to understand why the majority of clients remain so tied to their “traditional” homes. You must understand that, for the typical home-buyer, a modern home seems “cold” and “austere” - even “clinical.” 

But nothing could be further from the truth. The Modern floor plan - which architects have faithfully incorporated ever since Frank Lloyd Wright first introduced it in the early 20th century - frees rooms from doorways, allowing the life of the house to merge into one, airy, vibrant space. Modern homes bring people together - what’s cold about that?

Still not sold? Here’s 5 reasons why architects love Modern design - and, if you’re thinking of starting fresh and buying a new home, why you’ll love it too.  

The Kitchen 

House in Iporanga / Nitsche Arquitetos Associados. Image © Nelson Kon
House in Iporanga / Nitsche Arquitetos Associados. Image © Nelson Kon

One of the biggest revolutions in modern home design was the “liberation” of the kitchen. By moving the kitchen into the open living space, it becomes a part of daily life, and the heart of the home. Moreover, since they’re so visible, modern kitchens feature lots of storage (to hide cookware) and state-of-the-art equipment (to show off). 

Light

Villa 3S / LOVE Architecture. Image © Jasmin Schuller
Villa 3S / LOVE Architecture. Image © Jasmin Schuller

Modern homes tend to incorporate lots of glass (either via large windows or glass doors), flooding the house with natural light, emphasizing views, and making it all that easier to enjoy the outdoors.

Space

Broadway Penthouse / Joel Sanders. Image © Peter Aaron
Broadway Penthouse / Joel Sanders. Image © Peter Aaron

Modern home design is meant to maximize space so you never feel cramped. Plus, the airier a home is, the easier it is for natural light to illuminate it.  

Flexibility

House in Muko / Fujiwarramuro Architects. Image © Toshiyuki Yano
House in Muko / Fujiwarramuro Architects. Image © Toshiyuki Yano

The relative simplicity of an open floor plan means that the space can be adjusted how you see fit, perhaps with movable furniture or storage. 

Personality 

House of Joyce & Jeroen / Personal Architecture. Image © René de Wit
House of Joyce & Jeroen / Personal Architecture. Image © René de Wit

Just as the open plan gives you more flexibility, it also gives you more room to show your personality. The true charm of a Modern Home is all in the details - the art, the furniture, the personal touches - which means it is a true reflection of you. 

Did you miss our last post about the benefits of designing a new home from scratch? Find it here.

Cite: Sponsored Post. "The Benefits of Modern Design" 23 Apr 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/362861/the-benefits-of-modern-design/> ISSN 0719-8884
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