Northwest Contemporary

Click Here to go back to Architectural Styles

Both ?Northwest? and ?Contemporary? are broad terms used to explain an eclectic and diverse architectural style of an equally eclectic and diverse region. The climate and influences of the Pacific Northwest have led to home design that enhances the experience in a region where much of the season is spent indoors. Modern architects influenced much of the Northwest?s home design, especially the international design movement led by Frank Lloyd Wright, because of the incorporation of natural elements in the construction. Indigenous tribal art and Japanese design aesthetics are also commonly found in Northwest Contemporary homes.

Elements of design:

  • Large windows
  • Open spaces
  • Minimalist design
  • Incorporation of the natural landscape
  • Indigenous art and Japanese design influences

This article was originally printed on