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The Modernist Movement originated before the start of World War I and gained momentum in the 1920s and ’30s with Walter Gropius’s Bauhaus School, an experimental housing in Stuttgart shown by the Deutscher Werkbund group. Today its legacy endures in modern architecture of various iterations all rooted in what was called “a new architectural language that breaks with the past.” 

Modernist Masters from Le Corbusier to Frank Lloyd Wright developed these new architectural techniques to meet the needs of society. Here in Florida, we lay claim to a regional modernism pioneered by the Sarasota School of Architecture, a group of pre-eminent practitioners.


Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri says modern architecture continues gaining popularity for its signature design elements such as flat roofs or subtle roof lines, intersecting geometric planes, walls of glass, and angular features. These elements of style reflect our current fixation on unadorned features, simple, clear forms and clean-lined decor filtered through a regional lens of Florida Modernism. One of the latest projects from this Orlando Custom Homebuilder is a 12-square-foot home in Lake Markham Preserve on a lakefront lot with sweeping water views. 

The home’s contemporary curb appeal draws visual power from its planar and geometric forms and large glass windows.

Inside, a color palette of white and gray highlights wood tones without competing with the panoramic lake views from large expanses of glass that flood the two-story home with natural light. 

The custom front door was designed by the owner and crafted in Mexico of wrought iron with a modern industrial look.

Two staircases crafted of wrought iron in a grid design with a fine finish, one on each wing of the home, connect to an open bridge overlooking the great room. 

Flooring downstairs is done in 30″ by 18″ porcelain tile and upstairs features gray wood plank floors.


Stacked gray stone provide visual and textural accents throughout.

The home has large windows throughout with corner windows in many rooms to drink in the panoramic lake view.

For more design ideas, check out Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri’s youtube channel.