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Modern Architecture in Iowa

Modern Style in an Iowa Cornfield

When modern architecture comes to mind, the rural Midwest often isn't the first image to leap into your head, but perhaps it should be. Many great modern architects designed and built in rural Midwestern places, including one of my favorite architects, Ralph Rapson. Architecture firm DeForest Architects continued in that grand tradition when it riffed on the Iowa vernacular building style — the barn — in the design of a country home outside of Iowa City, IA.

The house, which is currently featured on Houzz, was designed for a couple who loved both the Iowa farmland and modern design. According to the article,

After falling in love with this piece of land that they knew they could farm, Joanna and Geoff needed to find a simpatico architect who could help them marry the local aesthetic they loved with a simple and efficient contemporary style.

The juxtaposition of modern architecture into a wild, natural setting is often absolutely stunning. My particular favorite example of this harmonic dissonance are the houses at Sea Ranch, CA, that simultaneously seem to blend in, yet sharply part with, the landscape in which they've been built.

Are you a fan of modern architecture in unexpected places? Keep reading about this farmhouse on Houzz to learn more about it, or share your own experience with the phenomenon in the comments!

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