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Last edited 20 Dec 2017
Minimalist architecture, sometimes referred to as 'minimalism', involves the use of simple design elements, without ornamentation or decoration. Proponents of minimalism believe that condensing the content and form of a design to its bare essentials, reveals the true 'essence of architecture'.
Minimalist architecture emerged from the Cubist-inspired movements of De Stijl and Bauhaus in the 1920s. Architects such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, theorised that minimalism gave maximum power to architectural space.
|Barcelona Pavilion, Mies van der Rohe. Image source: Marc Teer.|
Common characteristics of minimalist architecture include:
- Pure geometric forms.
- Simple, limited and plain materials.
- Neat and straight components.
- Repetition to give a sense of order and unification.
- Simple, open spaces.
- 'Clean' lines.
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