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Modern Ideas in Building Design


Modernism wasn't just another style. It presented a new way of thinking about architecture. These photos illustrate Modernist, Post-modernist, and other 20th and 21st century approaches to building design. As you view the images, you'll notice that modern architects often drew on several design philosophies to create buildings that are startling and unique. Do you have a favorite modern building? Tell us!
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I.M. Pei, Architect - Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell UniversityModernismThe Einstein Tower, Potsdam, by Erich Mendelsohn, 1920Expressionism and Neo-expressionismModel of Tatlin's Tower at the Royal Academy of Arts in London.ConstructivismSecond Story Terrace at the Gropius House in Lincoln, Massachusetts Bauhaus
Yale Center for British Art, Louis Kahn, architectFunctionalismSecretariat Building of the United Nations, New York City, New York, USAInternational StyleKaufmann House in Palm Springs, CaliforniaDesert ModernismBerlin Holocaust Memorial by Peter EisenmanStructuralism
The Bank of China Tower by Ieoh Ming PeiFormalismCentre Pompidou in France by Richard Rogers, Renzo Piano, and Gianfranco Franchini.High-techThe Paulo Mendes da Rocha Residence by Paulo Mendes da Rocha, ArchitectBrutalismSeattle Public Library by Rem KoolhaasDeconstructivism

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