Recently I just came across an article in Architectural Record on the Wild Turkey Hill Bourbon Visitor Center in Lawrenceville, Kentucky. The black wood cladding mimics a turkey feather pattern. This is a very clever and minimalistic building designed and constructed with great restraint.
Contemporary Architecture seems to be more fluid and dictated by social necessities. In the United States, it seems to be more temporal and based on need and economy of materials. Maybe it always has been.