International Modern Home Style from Andersen Windows

The International Modern Home


The French/Swiss architect known as Le Corbusier is closely associated with this home style. His thinking was that function outweighed style. He stripped much of the ornamentation away leaving precise, machine-like forms he called "machines a habiter" which translated into "machines for living".
essential elements

Essential Style Elements

International Modern homes utilize sculptural and asymmetrical arrangement of intersecting block forms with a flat roof. Windows feature narrow frame profiles to make the frame disappear as much as possible. This style features predominantly large windows arranged in groupings to form rectangles or squares, sometimes extending from floor to ceiling or wrapping around corners. Recessed windows create negative space, which contrasts with the positive space of the walls. 
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Colors & Finishes

While the exteriors of International Modern style homes may feature a range of painted colors, the most common color is white. On the interior, when a painted finish is used,  it is most frequently white.
International Modern home style color palette

Exterior Color Palette

  • colony white
    Colony White
  • dark ash
    Dark Ash
  • Clear Anodized
    Clear Anodized
  • balsa white
    Balsa White
  • smokey gray
    Smokey Gray
  • Copper
    Copper Anodized
  • olive
    Olive
  • black
    Black

Interior Wood Species

  • Walnut
    Walnut
  • Mahogany
    Mahogany*
  • Cherry
    Cherry
  • Maple
    Maple

Interior Stain Colors

  • Russet
    Russet
  • Clear Coat
    Clear Coat

Painted Interiors

  • WHite
    White

Hardware Styles

Window hardware in International Modern style homes is eliminated where it can be or minimized. When window hardware is used, it is simple, functional and straightforward with no decorative flourishes.

E-Series Casement Hardware

Casement Window Hardware

Crank Handle & Operator Cover in Bright Chrome

International Modern hardware

Push-Out Casement Hardware

Lock Handle in Satin Chrome

Athens door hardware

Athens Door Hardware

Hinged Athens patio door hardware in Satin Chrome finish
Luxor door hardware

Luxor Door Hardware

Hinged Luxor patio door hardware in Bright Chrome finish
Tuscany Hinged Patio Door Hardware

Hinged Door Hardware: Tuscany

Shown in White finish

Andersen Windows Patio Door Hardware Styles Gliding Anvers

AnversĀ® Door Hardware

Gliding patio door hardware in Satin Nickel finish

Hardware Finishes

  • Andersen Windows Hardware Finishes White
    White
  • Satin Chrome Hardware Finish
    Satin Chrome
  • Bright Chrome Hardware Finish
    Bright Chrome
  • Andersen Windows Hardware Finishes Satin Nickel
    Satin Nickel
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Design Your Own International Modern Window Or Door

Start with a pre-designed window or door within our design tool, then make your own adjustments to end up with the perfect design you're looking for.
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More On This Home Style

Pattern books from the Andersen Style Library present quintessential details of the most popular American architectural styles, with an emphasis on window and door design. The result of years of research, they exist to make it easier to create homes with architectural authenticity.

Download the pattern book below, or view it in the app (available from both iTunes and Google Play.)
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International Modern Home Style Pattern Book