Briggs Free­man Sotheby’s In­ter­na­tional Re­alty | Know Your Ar­chi­tec­ture: Con­tem­po­rary

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While to­day’s ar­chi­tec­ture en­com­passes a wide range of trends and styles, Con­tem­po­rary ar­chi­tec­ture builds on the mod­ernism that fol­lowed the In­dus­trial Rev­o­lu­tion. The uni­for­mity and clean lin­ear­ity of early mod­ernism be­gan to feel im­per­sonal, and Con­tem­po­rary re­sponded by main­tain­ing mod­ernism’s open spa­ces but in­vig­o­rat­ing them with warmth, whimsy, asym­me­try and re­gional flair. Not to be con­fused with Mid-Cen­tury Mod­ern ar­chi­tec­ture, which spans the early 1930s to the late 60s, Con­tem­po­rary archi- tec­ture is very much of the 21st cen­tury and up-to-theminute.

The Con­tem­po­rary style’s de­sign cues are unique: im­bal­anced fa-

çades and geo­met­ric shapes; flat or grass-planted roofs; large win­dows and sky­lights; open floor plans; out­door liv­ing ar­eas; slid­ing doors; and mov­able walls or par­ti­tions.

Not only do the aes­thet­ics of Con­tem­po­rary ar­chi­tec­ture usher na­ture in­doors, its im­ple­men­ta­tion can serve sus­tain­abil­ity. Large win­dows wel­come sun­shine and can work in tan­dem with green heat­ing. If parts of the home are can­tilevered, that al­lows it to in­ter­act with the en­vi­ron­ment, pro­vid­ing an among-the-clouds airi­ness while an­nex­ing min­i­mal ground space.

Fa­mous ex­am­ples of the style in­clude, out­side Tubac, Ari­zona, and de­signed by Rick Joy, the Tyler Res­i­dence, with rus­tic ma­te­ri­als and aus­tere struc­tures that bring its sat­u­rated desert sur­rounds into re­lief, and, in Port­land, Ore­gon, the dra­mat­i­cally can­tilevered Hoke House by Sky­lab Ar­chi­tec­ture. (It was the Cullen fam­ily’s house in the movie Twi­light).

The home at 4669 Saint Benet Court in Fort Worth’s gated Montser­rat en­clave is a Con­tem­po­rary up­date on Texas Hill Coun­try style. Its many lux­u­ries in­clude Vene­tian plas­ter walls, a gourmet kitchen, a posh mas­ter suite with spa-like bath, five be­d­rooms, a game room, a tiered-floor me­dia room, a study, two covered out­door en­ter­tain­ing ar­eas, two out­door fire­places and a pool with a spa.

The home, priced $1,949,900 is rep­re­sented by Laura Spann and Jeremy Spann.

To shop all the ex­cep­tional homes of­fered by Briggs Free­man Sotheby’s In­ter­na­tional Re­alty by ar­chi­tec­tural style, visit brig­gs­free­man.com/ ar­chi­tec­ture.

The home at 4669 Saint Benet Court is priced $1,949,900.

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