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Vanna Venturi House - A Closer Look

Robert Venturi was just trying to break the rules. In the end, he created the first postmodern house. Click on the icons to learn more.


With this non-functional arch, Robert Venturi not only included detail for detail’s sake, he referenced a historical architectural form, thereby breaking two modernist taboos in one literal swoop.

Billboard Facade

The home’s pitched roof and façade are meant to invoke the traditional idea of a “house,” almost childlike in its simple form.

Window Asymmetry

While simple in its design, the building, by Venturi’s own description, also embraces complexity. Two examples are the asymmetrical size and location of its windows.


Further challenging the modern establishment, the home’s chimney harkens back to traditional housing forms.

Vanna Venturi House - A Closer Look