20th century architecture and design

What about architecture? F.L. Wright’s Guggenheim and Mies’ Seagram Building each drew on classical precedents to create beauty in the modern city.





Peter Behrens, Turbine Factory, detail
A leader in modern technology hired a “self-taught architect” with no engineering skills to design their factory.

Peter Behrens, Turbine Factory















Le Corbusier, Villa Savoye, Poissy, France, 1929 (photo: Renato Saboya, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)
This house, which emphasized leisure time and fresh air, was Le Corbusier’s own personal Parthenon.

Le Corbusier, Villa Savoye


Lee Lawrie, Wisdom (center), with Light (right) and Sound (left), 1933, painted and gilded limestone, glass (photo: Terry Robinson, CC BY-SA 2.0)
Word to the wise: don’t put an anti-capitalist mural in a building owned by millionaires unless you want it trashed.

Rockefeller Center