Art Deco, modernistic, and contemporary have
a lot in common, but differ in small details. Follows is some history
to help explain the differences.
Art Deco, and Modernistic originated in 1920 1940,
with smooth stucco type walls, flat roofs, and very simple
straight lines. Very simplistic, with no real detail involved,
or reduced to a bare minimum. Art deco has a horizontal and
vertical zigzagged influence in design. Some of the materials
that they used are glass blocks, and ledged roofline called
Contemporary is very similar to Art Deco, and modernistic
in detail, but with more of a modern twist. One of the changes is they
have floor to ceiling plated glass windows, and import the use of technology.
For example in wall touch screens for security/light controls etc.
The Modern style of architecture was inspired by America’s
love affair with machines the airplane, the car, the train, and the toaster.
It is honest, simple, and most importantly functional. Although a unique
American style, the modern style is part of the international style movement
that borrowed from French Art Nouveau, and was somewhat influenced by Art
Among the design characteristics are the flat roof, smooth white walls,
curved glass, horizontal bands, or grooves with horizontal edge coping
at the roof edge. Windows are frequently continuous around the corners.
Glass blocks are used in windows or as entire sections of wall. Major rooms
are designed in a manor to allow maximum natural light to enter. Ramps
were used in lieu of stairs to get from one level to another. Steel tube
railing is incorporated at the edge of balconies.
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