Ah, Technology. I just got an AT&T wireless USB and am adding this Blog while sitting on my boat Country Boy at the Ala Wai Harbor. That is just an aside.
On to Style.
Another point about modern architecture that should be considered is that there are various subsets within the overall group. Minimalism, for example is a type of modern design that stresses the idea that less can be more. Minimalist architecture focuses on the fundamental structural aspects of design and does not highlight additional ornamentation. The idea of stripping something to its essentials is related back to the idea of focus on form and function as opposed to pure decoration.
Although this type of design emphasizes addressing functionality over aesthetics, this is not to say that the resulting forms and spaces created are void of their own beauty and charm. Rather than focusing on ornate detail, the eye is drawn to the foundation of the house and the relationship between different materials and structures present. It of course if possible to add varying degrees of warmth to a room through incorporating more traditional pieces of interior decor.
The Ann Schmit house for example, is extremely modern in form however decorated with an eclectic selection of art, furniture and tapestries thus creating a pleasing contrast between the simple modern forms and the softer textures of interior pieces.
The space feels very grand and impressive due to tall ceilings, exposed steel beams and the angular pattern of the supporting structures, however also (as my daughter likes to point out) feels very “homey” due to the warmth added interior finishing.