What are the characteristics of the International Style?

The most common characteristics of International Style buildings are rectilinear forms; light, taut plane surfaces that have been completely stripped of applied ornamentation and decoration; open interior spaces; and a visually weightless quality engendered by the use of cantilever construction.

What are the 3 principles of International Style?

Hitchcock and Johnson laid out three key design principles of the International Style:

  • Architecture as volume – thin planes or surfaces create the building’s form, as opposed to a solid mass.
  • Regularity in the facade, as opposed to building symmetry.
  • No applied ornament.