The term minimalism is used to describe a trend in design and architecture, wherein the subject is reduced to its necessary elements.
The concept of minimalist design is to strip everything down to its essential quality and achieve simplicity. The idea is not completely without ornamentation but that all parts, details and joinery are considered as reduced to a stage where no one can remove anything further to improve the design.
"Less is more" describes the aesthetic tactic of arranging the necessary components of a building to create an impression of extreme simplicity.
Minimalist architecture became popular in the late 1980s in London and New York where architects and fashion designers worked together in the boutiques to achieve simplicity, using white elements, cold lighting, large space with minimum objects and furniture. Minimalist architecture simplifies living space to reveal the essential quality of buildings and conveys simplicity in attitudes toward life.
In late 19th century as the arts and crafts movement began to be popular in Britain, people valued the attitude of ‘truth to materials’ with respect to the profound and innate characteristics of materials.
Minimalist architectural designers focus on the connection between two perfect planes, elegant lighting, and the void spaces left by the removal of three-dimensional shapes in an architectural design. More attractive minimalistic home designs are not truly minimalistic because these use more expensive building materials and finishes, and are larger.
The basic geometric forms, elements without decoration, simple materials and the repetitions of structures represent a sense of order and essential quality. The movement of natural light in buildings reveals simple and clean spaces.
by Kapil Agarwal
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