1970’s Architecture

Explore the best architecture works of the 1970’s decade. Built and unbuilt projects (1970 – 1979)

The 1970s was a study in contradiction: austerity and decadence, drab earth tones and campy colors, nature-loving hippiedom, and high-tech futurism. Architecture in the 70s began as a continuation of styles created by such architects as Frank Lloyd Wright and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Early in the decade, several architects competed to build the tallest building in the world. The decade also brought experimentation in geometric design, pop-art, postmodernism, brutalism, and early deconstructivism.

Exterior Rythm
Cultural Architecture

Kimbell Art Museum in Texas / Louis Kahn

The Kimbell Art Museum, designed by Louis I. Kahn in 1972, is widely regarded as one of the outstanding architectural achievements of the modern era. Kahn created a building in which “light is the theme.” Natural light enters through narrow plexiglass skylights along the top of cycloid barrel vaults. It is diffused by wing-shaped pierced-aluminum reflectors that hang below, giving…

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Side View | Arango Mar Brisas House by John Lautner
Architecture, Residential

Arango Marbrisa House / John Lautner

The design of John Lautner’s Arango House, also called Marbrisa House, is inspired by the natural features of the site: the ocean and the sky.  The house was commissioned in 1970 by Jeronimo Arango as a weekend home for his family and in 1973 the architect built a 25,000-square-foot home that seemed to float above the water. The client had…

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