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The Minimalist Architecture

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The Minimalist Architecture

The minimalist architecture, sometimes called “minimalism”, uses simple design elements without decoration. Proponents of minimalism believe that compressing the content and shape of design to the bare essentials reveals the true “essence of architecture”.

The minimalist architecture emerged in the 1920s from the Cubist-inspired movements of De Stijl and Bauhaus. Architects like Ludwig Mies van der Rohe have hypothesized that minimalism gives the architectural space maximum strength. Eating less means dieting. But, if you are on a diet for medical reasons, limit yourself to small amounts of food or lose or maintain weight. When architecture is on a simple, we talk about minimalism. The minimalist architecture is limited to fewer elements to achieve the best. “Most” is just as important here as health.

The Minimalist Architecture

Minimalist architects appreciate empty space, formal cleanliness, and simplicity. They eliminate everything that doesn’t work with the program and use some key elements to get maximum impact. But how did you come up with these ideas? The minimalist architecture shows certain properties of form materials as well as techniques such as reduction, and standardization. Minimalists regard these properties as the “essence” of architecture. The origins of minimalist architecture lay in the cubist design movements De Stijl and Bauhaus in the 1920s. In a way, these movements provided architecture with different diets based on similar foods. For example, the De Stijl movement advocated abstraction and simplicity by reducing art to its essential shapes and colors.

Theo Van Doesburg and Gerrit Rietveld applied De Stijl’s principles to architecture using a design philosophy based on functionalism, lack of surface decoration, and straight lines, as shown in Rietveld’s Schroder house. The minimalist architecture uses certain important elements to recognize the essence of architecture. So, this means reducing the content of design to the minimum of the required elements, the number of parameters, and the resources that define the form.

The Minimalist Architecture

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