10 Great Lessons from Mid-Century Modern Architecture

10 Great Lessons from Mid-Century Modern Architecture

Emily Smith
Sep 6, 2011

Mid-century modern architecture embodies a few great principles that green homes can borrow. Beyond aesthetics, some key principles that shaped the way that people used their home—things like keeping the overall design and aesthetic simple, integrating the outdoors with the indoors, and a focus on practicality and purpose over decorative or ornate fixtures—are all things that most green homes today can learn from.

Here's the list:

1. Modestly nestling the home into the site rather than building "on top of" the ground feels better.
2. Keep it simple.
3. Good design creates a progression between privacy and transparency.
4. Connecting the inside to the outside creates harmony with the site.
5. Old school passive design is highly sustainable.
6. Small, efficient bedrooms are perfectly pleasant.
7. Outdoor rooms are just as important as indoor rooms.
8. Screen walls offer privacy without cordoning off the interiors.
9. Let nature do the work.
10. Quality of light is more important than the light fixture.

Read More: If you're interested in learning more about mid-century architecture and how you can benefit from the design principles, check out 10 Forgotten Lessons of Mid-Century Modern Design at Build Blog

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