Austin Modern Architecture?

Austin Modern Architecture?

Gregory Han
Sep 14, 2009

Q - I am looking at buying this 1947 cinder-block house located in Austin, TX and I recently stumbled upon the personal residence of Danish architect Vilhelm Lauritzen that has many similar characteristics - cinder-block walls, flat roof, low ceilings, etc. Does anyone out there know if there is a name or movement associated with this style of architecture in Austin? Or maybe have examples of other similar residences? Any information would be appreciated.

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Editor - It's been often explained that modernist architects were fond of flat roofs because of their desire for reductive shapes as the cube, thus more often than not, the roof of homes would be designed flat. Architects like Le Corbusier and Vilhelm Lauritzen were partial to utilizing a flat surface onto of their structures and maximizing the space with additional features like a garden or roof deck. Here's a great resource about flat roofs in modern architecture that expands upon the subject.

Design Sponge has a modern day look inside the former private residence of Vilhelm Lauritzen , exhibiting the modernist cinder block aesthetic and construction mentioned.

Some great modernist architectural eye candy resources based in Austin include Modern Austin, Marye Company's Real Estate site, and The Vintage Modern Homes blog.

Any Austin residences want to share more insight about the city's storied and healthy Modernist history?

Which reminds us, we plan to put a call out for another Apartment Therapy writer based in Austin this week, so we'll make a soft mention in advance here. If you've always wanted to write for Apartment Therapy about Austin and join Adrienne, our lone Austin contributor, get ready...we'll be putting an official call out very, very soon.

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