What are the Forms of Contemporary Architecture?

Contemporary architecture design and luxury homes throughout the Sanibel and Captiva real estate area. From high-end luxury properties in Sanibel to beachfront properties in the pristine Metes and Bounds neighborhood, contemporary architecture can be found throughout the Sanibel area in addition to old Florida design. Perhaps you've just gotten started looking for contemporary architecture or contemporary. You may wonder where to start. Are there different types of contemporary architecture or different forms? This article will discuss the different forms of contemporary architecture you might find in our area. 

What are the Forms of Contemporary Architecture?


The term Modernism has been coined a fad and while it's different than contemporary, modern design does tend to use a lot of glass, steel, and concrete as well as clean lines and white tones. However, midcentury modern is quite different in that it offered a design that's more retro in its base style. There are several modernistic designs throughout the Portland area that you find a more minimalistic approach, clean lines, and monochromatic tones.

Natural, sustainable components.

Contemporary architecture uses natural and sustainable components. We, as humans, tend to have an innate desire to connect with nature including what our homes are made of. You'll find a lot of cycles, non-toxic materials, bamboo floors, granite countertops and even "living" roofs made of green plants. This style of contemporary architecture will also offer a lot of natural light with ample skylights and large windows.

What are the Forms of Contemporary Architecture?


Contemporary homes have few disadvantages. Not only are they designed for comfort and practicality, but energy consumption as well. These homes are built tightly and leak little energy to the outside causing them to be more energy-efficient and eco-friendly. However, the higher-end materials and finishes, the higher the utilities can be as well. Additional dishwashers, outdoor refrigerators, oversized ranges, and additional appliances like wine cellars or wine refrigerators can all add to the utility bills so trying to be cautious of energy efficiency while adding all the comforts you desire can be a tricky balance.


Contemporary architecture also focuses on entertainment, particularly the outdoors. More luxury homeowners are looking for outdoor living spaces, which will include outdoor kitchens, fireplaces, seating areas, swimming pools, spas, and general relaxation spaces with lush landscaping and a variety of textiles such as paver stones and wood retaining walls.

Open space.

Contemporary architecture also offers open space living. Open floor plans, free-form shapes, large windows, roof living, outdoor entertainment, and spaces that integrate the outdoors and the indoors are common in contemporary architectural design. You'll find integrated smart home technology, surrounding landscape, curved and straight lines, as well as spaces that blend into one another such as the family room/living room/kitchen/dining room.

Contemporary architecture does come in several forms but it is one of those designs that you know when you see it. If you're looking for contemporary architecture in the Captiva real estate market or Sanibel,  please contact our office at any time. With your building on a custom lot or looking for a ready-made home with the architectural design you desire, we look forward to speaking with you today.

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