Tour the 21 Most Stunning Examples of Modern Architecture Around the World
These masterpieces revolutionized the architecture industry and inspired architects to create impressively daring designs.
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Throughout history, the emergence of architectural movements has always been related to the political and economic realities of the time, and modernism is no exception.
Modern architecture was largely the product of the industrialization of cities, the mass-production of goods, and the need (especially after World War II) to use space more efficiently. Architects were less interested in the past’s overly ornate styles and started looking toward the future and letting practicality influence their designs. That form should follow function became the mantra of the day, and with it came a more minimal, pragmatic, and experimental approach to architecture.
The stars of modern architecture—Frank Lloyd Wright, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Le Corbusier, and Eero Saarinen—designed buildings and décor items that exemplified the ‘less is more’ concept. And with the constant emergence of new materials and building technology, it’s easy to see how their methods inspired future architects to dream, create, and challenge the status quo. And because of this constant creative strive, modern architecture has given us some of the most remarkable and awe-inspiring structures in the world today. Here, we rounded up 21 of the most groundbreaking displays of modern architecture and contemporary design.