Contemporary Architecture – or at least what’s currently considered contemporary – is a synthesis of sleek, modern designs with varying degrees of influence from 20th century styles such as midcentury modern, cubist and Bauhaus. It is characterized by clean, simple lines, minimal decoration, maximized natural light, sustainable building techniques and materials, and flat or shed rooflines. It almost always features very open floor plans and a smooth transition from indoor-to-outdoor living spaces.
Although current contemporary architecture borrows from 20th century modern designs, interpretations vary radically, often to compliment the regions where they’re built. Contemporary homes in cities often vary considerably from rural contemporary homes in both design and materials. Most incorporate smart home features and exceptional energy efficiency.
It’s going to be interesting to see how “contemporary architecture” ages over the years, and what it will be defined as once it’s no longer considered current with design trends. I’m sure it’ll age better than the McMansions of the early 2000’s, but then again, that’s a pretty low bar.