Definition of International Style in English:

International Style


  • A functional style of 20th-century architecture, so called because it crossed national and cultural barriers. It is characterized by the use of steel and reinforced concrete, wide windows, uninterrupted interior spaces, simple lines, and strict geometric forms.

    • ‘Still recognized today as a superb example of the 1930s international style in the United States, the Mandel house is virtually intact, with more than half of its original furnishings.’
    • ‘Features of Bauhaus-style architecture, also known as the international style, include glass curtain walls, cubic blocks and unsupported corners.’
    • ‘The Homewood is therefore a rare example of British, prewar international style and rarer because of the continuity of its ownership.’
    • ‘It's very much in the classic international style, with wraparound balconies, a flat roof and white rendered exterior walls.’
    • ‘Here stood the city's first municipality building constructed in the eclectic period of the 1920s and edifices from the 1930s when the international style was in fashion.’