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GROUND-HUG­GING mass­ing and hor­i­zon­tal lines, seen es­pe­cially in win­dows, fol­low the flat or low-pitched roof free of dorm­ers. Tucked into the land­scape, many houses ap­pear to be one level. The shel­tered en­try is down­played.

LARGE WIN­DOWS and gen­er­ous glaz­ing are com­mon: con­sider the glazed gable in Con­tem­po­rary houses, the win­dow walls and rib­bon win­dows of In­ter­na­tional Style, and wide “pic­ture win­dows” in sub­ur­ban ex­am­ples.

DE­SIGN AUS­TER­ITY, though most pro­nounced in the In­ter­na­tional Style, is ap­par­ent in Mod­ern houses and even post­war ranches. Cas­ings are ab­sent or un­adorned, no turn­ings are seen in porch parts, wall sur­faces are plain.

MODER­NITY shows up in a more open in­te­rior plan, which of­ten seg­re­gates the pub­lic area from bed­rooms, and also in the adop­tion of such post­war ma­te­ri­als as plate glass, ply­wood, con­crete, and lam­i­nates.

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