International Style

Modern architectural style prominent in Europe and the United States in the mid-20th century, characterized by rectilinear forms, little to no decoration, open interiors and cantilever construction. Most International Style buildings are made of glass, steel and concrete.

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International Style
International Modern
Style, International
Internationale Stijl Dutch
Estilo Internacional Spanish

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Refers to the style of architecture that emerged in Holland, France, and Germany after World War I and spread throughout the world, becoming the dominant architectural style until the 1970s. The style is characterized by an emphasis on volume over mass, the use of lightweight, mass-produced, industrial materials, rejection of all ornament and color, repetitive modular forms, and the use of flat surfaces, typically alternating with areas of glass.

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