In this wonderful Vermont house, the cantilever of a second level serves as protection to an entrance. The materials are detailed to feel precise and crisp. The windows and doors align horizontally and are flush with the ceiling and the floor. Notice how even the patio extends over the slope of the landscape, but is not too high off the ground, as a railing would spoil the scheme.
Particularly influenced by the German Bauhaus school, the International style set into motion an architectural discipline that is, to this day, essential and formative to the profession.
Historically, the trajectory is fascinating. The style became popular in Europe before World War II but lost favor after the war; it subsequently regained popularity later in the century. In America, despite art deco and art moderne, residential fashion of the 1920s and 1930s was dominated by revivals and eclecticism.
It was not until after World War II did this style fold into an American mainstream vernacular, as we shall see in a future ideabook.