“The urge to remodel is stronger than the sex drive" – Gene Leedy, American architect, describing "improvements" made to his mid-century houses.
ELEMENTS OF MODERN DESIGN
Modernist architecture is a bit like motorcycling: you either like it or you don't. There rarely is an in-between.
Do you belong to the former and ask yourself if the home you own – or the one you consider buying – is actually modernist? This list of some common modern architectural elements may help you along:
TYPICAL DESIGN ELEMENTS
Because of climate conditions, Southeast Florida architects brought their own flavors to Mid-Century Modernism, creating a derivative sometimes referred to as MiMo or Miami Modern. Forms were borrowed from Space Age, and colors sometimes from the Art Deco palette. Elements typical of Mid-Century Modern in Southeast Florida often follow functional necessities, such as to collect cooling breezes and to allow cross-ventilation:
L to R: Jalousie windows, Brise-soleil, Cantilevered overhang. Photos ©tckaiser
Not too frequently in contemporary, but often in mid-century modern homes you encounter a mishmash of elements which have been added to the property over time. This is especially true if you deal with a property that has to be de-renovated - think Home Depot-front doors with fake Tiffany-style glass inserts, or wrought-iron gates.
If you consider restoring a modern home, researching the original building specifications, consulting with a specialist and identifying previous remodeling attempts will be tremendously helpful in returning the building to its original greatness. Think of the rewards: the daily pleasure and quality of life of not only looking at, but living in an architectural gem.
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