The International Style : Architecture

2073 Words Nov 25th, 2014 9 Pages
The international style is a major architectural style that came out in 1920s and 1930s in the form of a modern architecture, with an emphasis more on architectural style, form and aesthetic than the social aspects of the modern movement. The international style is a modern form of architecture because it reduces the cultural traditional decoration, introduces the use of glass and steel and creates an open interior. It relied on pure geometric forms, with ornamentation stripped from facades to reveal the essential line and curve that defines space. The term international style was first used in 1932 by the historian Henry-Russell Hitchcock and architect Philip Johnson for exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art and mentioned it in their book “The International Style: Architecture since 1922.”In addition, International style is also called the functionalist because it puts the usefulness of the space over the aesthetic or the Bauhaus style that came out after the World War II, this was a German expression used for “house for building”, that became an institution from which a new social order would arise. Furthermore, there were four factors that led to international style in architecture the first was the increasing dissatisfaction of building designs that contains a mixture of decorative features from many different architectural periods or eras especially when the design has no relation to the function of a building. The second factor was the huge demand to build…
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