Contemporary style is the style of today, produced by people that work in a globalized world, culturally diverse and technologically advancing. It is a dynamic combination of materials, methods and concepts. It includes High-Tech, Deconstructivism, Neo Expressionism and Eco-Design.
Contemporary Architecture- Characteristics
- Natural, sustainable components. Contemporary architects recognize the human need for contact with nature, right down to what our homes are made of. Hence the popularity of bamboo floors, granite countertops and even “living” roofs made of green plants.
- Recycled and nontoxic materials. Countertops, roofing and flooring made of composite materials are hot, as are low-emission paints and carpeting.
- Natural light. Today’s houses often feature ample skylights and large windows to let the sun shine in.
The Capital Gate tower in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. This circular, 35-story tower has an 18-degree tilt in the middle, making it the most inclined building in the world. What’s more, the interior layout provides spaces that are all different; none of the rooms are identical to each other. A design by the Scottish architecture firm RMJM.
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The Auditorio de Tenerife “Adán Martín” was designed by architect Santiago Calatrava Valls. It is located on Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Canary Islands, Spain), and next to the Atlantic Ocean. Construction began in 1997 and was completed in 2003. The building is framed within the tenets of late-modern architecture of the late 20th century.
- The Auditorio de Tenerife is situated in a central area of the city and it is located near the Tenerife Tram station.
- Near the auditorium stand the two Torres de Santa Cruz, which are the tallest buildings in the Canary Islands, and the tallest residential building in Spain until 2010. The main hall or Symphony, crowned by a dome, has 1,616 seats in an amphitheater. It’s stage is 16.5 meters wide, with a depth of 14 meters. Organ pipes emerge from both sides of the pit, designed by Albert Blancafort. The auditorium differs from traditional designs because it attempts to surround the listener with sound sources.
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- The chamber hall reproduces the symphony hall amphitheater on a smaller scale. In the lobby, accessible from two sides of the building, are the press room, a shop and cafe.
- The building also has a dozen individual dressing rooms, as well as rooms for hairdressing, makeup, costumes, etc. The exterior has two terraces overlooking the sea.
- The building is famous for its great “arc”, which marked a first in the history of architecture. It is the only large arch supported by only two points, while the tip appears to be suspended, defying gravity.
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Contemporary Interior Design
- Contemporary spaces incorporate modern elements and pieces. To make these spaces truly contemporary, however, the modern pieces (e.g., low sofa, shag rug) are mixed with other non-modern elements (e.g., concrete floor, graffiti-type wall mural).
- Eclectic styles seem inherently to incorporate doses of contemporary design, simply because their mix-and-not-match attitude is embraced in the world of contemporary décor.
- Neutral, masculine color palette.
- Sleek, clean lines –Contemporary design is grounded; nothing here feels over-the-top.Super decorative items are omitted in favor of simplicity and cleanliness in contemporary forms. This includes low, simple sofas.
- Tailored, or nonexistent, skirts –A simple, clean aesthetic when it comes to fabrics bespeaks contemporary design – keep the ruffles and excess fabric at bay. This tailored black bed frame wrap is a completely contemporary touch.
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