The term "contemporary architecture" is applied to a range of styles that characterize built structures and spaces that are optimized for current use. These designs are usually characterized by a modernist aesthetic. Modernism in architecture is broadly characterized by simplification of form and subtraction of ornament from the structure and theme of the building.
Gaining popularity after the Second World War, architectural modernism was adopted by many influential architects and continues as a dominant architectural philosophy for institutional and corporate buildings into the 21st century.
This style lends itself well to the beach environment for clients who wish to optimize the size and openness of their homes. Modernist designs maximize views and make use of construction materials that are ideal for harsh environments.