The History of  Contemporary Architecture 

The architecture of the 21st century is known as Contemporary Architecture. There is no single style that defines this architecture. Instead, it is integrated into a significant goal to be unorthodox and brush off the past with innovative and imaginative ideas contrasting older designs. Contemporary Architecture’s period is widely perceived to have started after the modern era of the first half of the 20th century and the Post Modern period from the 1960s to the 90s. This includes the edifices from the late 20th century to the present works of Contemporary Architecture. During this era, contemporary architects are not limited to linear forms but are working from postmodernism and advanced architecture to highly theoretical and expressive forms and designs. They have computer modeling as an arsenal at their disposal to design buildings with decidedly uneven structures, exploring jagged, slanting angles, and computer-generated organic curves. They use laser-cutting technology and 3D printing to build thought-provoking, precise, and exceptional structures. During this period, buildings use modern materials, technology, and computers to create eco-friendly and functional living spaces.

The Contemporary Architecture era in San Francisco emerged gradually. San Francisco is famous for its architectural heritage. Its vast hilly terrain was rebuilt after the 1906 earthquake. And in recent years, many sleek skyscrapers were built and have raised San Francisco’s credibility as a place for contemporary design. In 2005, one contemporary architecture proclaimed as the next generation of architectural creativity in San Francisco was the Herzog and the de Meuron’s de Young Museum.

The Contemporary Architecture's Interior and Exterior Designs

Contemporary architects are coming to terms with these four major ideas; re-using old buildings to make something new, using organic architecture by combining green spaces into the design, deconstructivism, and utilizing computers during the design process. There are distinct features of contemporary architectural designs such as open floor plans, large windows, green roofs, and living walls. Lines are curved, forms are rounded and free, and volumes are unconventional. Contemporary Architecture uses smart home technology, customizable lighting, specifically LED lights, and integrating the natural landscape into the overall design.

San Francisco's Share of Contemporary Architecture

The building materials in San Francisco really have not changed much. They still make use of glass, steel, and concrete. The architectural concepts passed down by architectural engineers are still being applied. However, the need and desire to construct taller buildings in the city center becomes apparent due to costly subway lines and high oil prices. So, contemporary architects in San Francisco were inspired to build many impressive, environment-friendly structures that enhance the beauty of San Francisco’s natural surroundings. The San Francisco Architecture is significant proof of numerous influences brought about by many cultures, natural disasters, promising eras, and technological advances. Its interesting and challenging variations in geography and cataclysmic history made San Francisco’s architectural styles, particularly the Contemporary Architecture, a thing to watch out for. Anything that seemed impossible or seemed to defy logic and cross the boundaries of being conventional is now deemed achievable. It also made use of repurposed materials for waste and energy reduction. That information alone can make you swoon and appreciate San Francisco’s enthralling Contemporary Architecture.

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