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Modernist homes have that flat roof so that the rectangular or cubic form is what one reads when looking at the home. By using a flat roof, the designer is making the statement that the structure is separate and distinct from nature. Clearly, the home is an object made by humans, displaying all the rationality of the enlightened mind.
How the home intersects with the ground is also one of those wonderful opportunities to create architecture. Perhaps the home sits on a platform that floats on the ground. It isn't so much rooted in place as impermanently attached, ready to be slid elsewhere.
But even in a more traditional design, we can achieve a blending of inside and outside.
Again, places that meet and intersect are where we find architecture. So in a traditional design a crown molding eases the transition where wall meets ceiling. The space is no longer composed of a distinct planes, but rather is a wrapped envelope.