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The Creative Potential of Small Modernist Houses

CEO Khai Intela
Modernism revolutionized architecture in the early 20th century, gaining immense popularity. However, it gradually gave way to postmodern architecture in the 80s, largely due to the rejection of modernist principles such as formality, unity, symmetry,...

Modernism revolutionized architecture in the early 20th century, gaining immense popularity. However, it gradually gave way to postmodern architecture in the 80s, largely due to the rejection of modernist principles such as formality, unity, symmetry, and austerity. Modernist houses embody these principles while combining practicality and artistry.

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Modern houses are characterized by their minimalistic and purpose-oriented design. They often feature monochromatic schemes and embrace materials like concrete and steel, leaving them bare and exposed. One of the defining traits of modern architecture is the prioritization of utility over aesthetic appeal, with the famous phrase "form follows function" epitomizing this approach.

Moreover, modern houses distinguish themselves through their use of industrial materials like concrete, steel, and architectural glass. The advent of reinforced concrete and advancements in steel and glass technology fueled the modernist movement. Modernism encompasses various subcategories, including functionalism, minimalism, and brutalism.

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Small homes provide the ideal canvas for modernist architecture to truly shine. Defined as residences spanning between 400 and 1,000 square feet, small homes pose unique challenges in terms of design and styling. However, modernist architecture's minimalism offers an elegant solution, maximizing efficiency without overcrowding or cramping the space.

The enthusiasm for modernism has persevered throughout the years. Mid-century modernism, in particular, remains one of Australia's most popular architectural styles, with numerous homes built in this fashion after World War II. The influence of modernist design can also be seen in iconic structures like the Sydney Opera House. As minimalism experiences a resurgence, the simplicity and functionality of modernist-style houses have regained interest.

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The popularity of small modern houses has grown as more people move to urban areas, making larger homes increasingly unaffordable. Modernism's whimsical and functional nature often distracts from the size of these homes. The rigidity and structure of modernist architecture enhance their compact, efficient, and organized appearance.

To further exemplify the creative potential of small modernist houses, here are five intelligent designs from around the world:

Small Modern Homes: 5 of the Most Creative Modern Home Designs

5. Slough Modern Studio Home, UK

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Measuring just 400 square feet, this studio home by in.it studios is teetering on the edge between being classified as "tiny" rather than "small." Despite its size, the segmented design cleverly incorporates a lounge, bedroom, and bathroom. This prefab home saves on construction costs and is more energy-efficient due to its tight construction.

4. Elsternwick Home, Australia

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Modscape revamped this modern Victorian home, drawing inspiration from the original mid-century house. The rebuild focused on enhancing functionality through small touches like a butler's pantry, larger windows, a stylish spiral staircase, and multi-textured materials.

3. False Bay Cabin, USA

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Designed by Olson Kundig Architects, this small modern cabin in the San Juan Islands, Washington state, epitomizes contemporary ingenuity. The Shutter-Decks can be raised to protect the cabin when unoccupied and serve as a comfortable outdoor living space when lowered. This cabin seamlessly blends with its natural surroundings, featuring large open windows to embrace the beautiful flora.

2. Hadar's House, Norway

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One of Norway's exquisite small modern houses, designed by Asante Architecture & Design, sits on the coastline of Stokkøya. With breathtaking views of the Norwegian Sea and neighboring islands, this home boasts an open-plan living room and kitchen that create a spacious feel. Sea views from every room and a lofted bedroom optimize the house's height, making it an intelligent design for small homes.

1. Cottage House, Norway

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Nestled on the Norwegian island of Vega, this house designed by Kolman Boye Architects showcases stunning views of the Norwegian Sea and the surrounding wild mountains. Its weathered wooden façade harmonizes with the natural landscape, while the interior boasts a simple and clean layout. The cool color scheme mimics the Norwegian atmosphere, and the house makes the most of its height with a lofted bedroom.

Modernist architecture offers unlimited creative possibilities for small homes. By embracing minimalism and functionality, these houses prove that size doesn't limit design excellence.