In recent decades, architecture has not adhered to a particular, characteristic style. Instead, it has moved in many directions. A number of monikers has been given to the style, including neo-modernism, de-constructivism, minimalism and pragmatism. Minimalism and neo-modernism encompass almost everything, however, and as the name suggests, neo-modernism is a revival of modernist tendencies.

The keywords are minimalism, a fluid definition of space, large glass façades and a show of constraint with the use of colour. Buildings that fall into the categories minimalism and neo-modernism can appear vastly disparate; some are very distinct and belong to de-constructivism or pragmatism.