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The term minimalism is used to describe a trend in design and architecture where in the subject is reduced to its necessary elements. Minimalist design has been highly influenced by Japanese traditional design and architecture. In addition, the work of De Stijl artists is a major source of reference for this kind of work. De Stijl expanded the ideas that could be expressed by using basic elements such as lines and planes organized in very particular manners.

Architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe adopted the motto "Less is more" to describe his aesthetic tactic of arranging the numerous necessary components of a building to create an impression of extreme simplicity, by enlisting every element and detail to serve multiple visual and functional purposes (such as designing a floor to also serve as the radiator, or a massive fireplace to also house the bathroom). Designer Buckminster Fuller adopted the engineer's goal of "Doing more with less", but his concerns were oriented towards technology and engineering rather than aesthetics. A similar sentiment was industrial designer Dieter Rams' motto, "Less but better" adapted from van der Rohe. The structure uses relatively simple elegant designs; ornamentations are quality rather than quantity. The structure's beauty is also determined by playing with lighting, using the basic geometric shapes as outlines, using only a single shape or a small number of like shapes for components for design unity, using tasteful non-fussy bright color combinations, usually natural textures and colors, and clean and fine finishes. Using sometimes the beauty of natural patterns on stone cladding and real wood encapsulated within ordered simplified structures, and real metal producing a simplified but prestigious architecture and interior design. May use color brightness balance and contrast between surface colors to improve visual aesthetics. The structure would usually have industrial and space age style utilities (lamps, stoves, stairs, technology, etcetera), neat and straight components (like walls or stairs) that appear to be machined with machines, flat or nearly flat roofs, pleasing negative spaces, and large windows to let in lots of sunlight. This and science fiction may have contributed to the late twentieth century futuristic architecture design, and modern home decor. Modern minimalist home architecture with its unnecessary internal walls removed may have led to the popularity of the open plan kitchen and living room style.

Another modern master who exemplifies reductivist ideas is Luis Barragán. In minimalism, the architectural designers pay special attention to the connection between perfect planes, elegant lighting, and careful consideration of the void spaces left by the removal of three-dimensional shapes from an architectural design. The more attractive looking minimalist home designs are not truly minimalist, because these use more expensive building materials and finishes, and are relatively larger.

Contemporary architects working in this tradition include John Pawson, Eduardo Souto de Moura, Álvaro Siza Vieira, Tadao Ando, Alberto Campo Baeza, Yoshio Taniguchi, Peter Zumthor, Hugh Newell Jacobsen, Vincent Van Duysen, Claudio Silvestrin, Michael Gabellini, and Richard Gluckman.

Discussion Forum

Japanese Private Homes vs Western

The human-scale sustainability of Japanese shoe-box sized jewel-box private homes in this article in the Huffington Post Arts vertical:…Continue

Started by Antonina Ilieva Sep 8, 2011.

what if m working with the concept of sound waves i.e. variation and i want to add minimalism style in it?

what if m working with the concept of sound waves i.e. variation and i want to add minimalism style in it?  as form is having levels in its floor and roof...does it still remain minimalist…Continue

Started by Bia Z Apr 23, 2011.

Who is the best minimalist architect for you and why ? 6 Replies

Name the best architecture minimalist for you and why you consider him / her the best. Name his / her best work, the way he / she inspire you and more.

Tags: architecture, minimalist, minimalism

Started by Shia-Leigh Sapir. Last reply by pradipta seth Nov 23, 2010.

A Tribute To Mies 3 Replies

I made this video when I was in school. My first real attempt at animation, but was a very valuable in giving me more appreciation for Mies. Would love to hear your thoughts. Continue

Tags: Spain, Animation, Video, Film, Rohe

Started by Tyson. Last reply by Alicia Griffin May 16, 2010.

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Comment by Paula Montes on November 6, 2010 at 1:22am
I think that i disagree with you Alex, Michel Rojkind is not minimalist at all.
Comment by Alex Rozko on November 6, 2010 at 12:15am
Also, I'm not personally convinced with Mies as I am with "Bucky" Buckminster Fuller. His engineering is still on level Mies could only imagine.
Comment by Alex Rozko on November 6, 2010 at 12:12am
Michel Rojkind (is one of some) because of his (their) ability to connect with other professionals and create monumental projects.
Comment by Paula Montes on October 30, 2010 at 12:10pm
Hi to everybody!

I love the beauty of simplicity on design,

So, I want to share my blog where i publish my favorite minimalist projects:
(and I have to say, in my opinion japanese architects are the best at this.
Comment by Paulo Tedim on August 26, 2010 at 7:57am
Hi to all.
The image on is of a beautiful church projected by a arquitecto that I had the honour to have as professor. Alvaro Siza Vieira.
He is at this moment one reference in the minimalista boarding of the architecture. For who it does not know I advise to research !
Comment by anandgaikwad on July 19, 2010 at 12:13am
Thanx Mies u hv given us lot of from ur architecture.........
Comment by Ibtesa Moon Adittya on June 13, 2010 at 1:24pm
Greatly Influenced by Mies... Proud to be a minimalist !!!
Comment by Alicia Griffin on May 13, 2010 at 6:12pm
I am a minimalist!

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