Emerging in France, Germany and Holland after WWI in commercial and residential buildings alike, Internationalism enjoyed a 50-year run as a dominant style of architecture, ending in the 1970s. Featuring the use of lightweight, mass produced industrial materials and emphasizing volume over mass, Internationalism featured minimal ornamentation and color.
Inspired to create a higher standard of living across all socio-economic levels, it enjoyed enormous popularity. However, it was not without it’s detractors, including Frank Lloyd Wright who said, “Human houses should not be like boxes, blazing in the sun…”.
It should be noted that many modern styles overlap in theme, material and motivation. In fact, Internationalism was championed by founders of both the Bauhaus and Brutalist Schools.