International style

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International style, in architecture, the phase of the modern movement that emerged in Europe and the United States during the 1920s. The term was first used by Philip Johnson in connection with a 1932 architectural exhibition held at the Museum of Modern Art, New York City. Architects working in the International style gave new emphasis to the expression of structure, the lightening of mass, and the enclosure of dynamic spaces. Important examples include the Bauhaus at Dessau, Germany, by Walter Gropius (1925–26) and the Villa Savoye, Poissy-sur-Seine, France, by Le Corbusier (1929–30).

See H.-R. Hitchcock and P. Johnson, The International Style (1932, repr. 1966).

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International style (International modern style) Name for the architectural style that developed in Europe in the 1920s and 1930s, and stresses function and abhors superfluous decoration in design. It characteristically features austere white walls, asymmetrical cubic shapes and large expanses of glass. Le Corbusier and Walter Gropius were early exponents.

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