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A minimalistic approach to architecture

A minimalistic approach to architecture

Have you ever heard the term “Less is More”? This term is typically connected with architect
Ludwig Mies van Der Rohe, who is regarded as one of the creators of modern architecture.

What is minimalism you may ask?
A minimalistic approach to architecture revolves around the principle of simplicity, where
the design focuses on essential elements while eliminating excess ornamentation and
distractions. This style embraces clean lines, functional spaces, and a sense of tranquillity.
There are various architectural eras, each popular for a specific form or style. From
prehistory to the present era of postmodernism, each has its own approach to not only
building design, but also art and way of life. These decades gave rise to various art forms,
one of which being Minimalism, which became prominent in the late 1980s.

Common characteristics of minimalist architecture include:
 Pure geometric forms
 Clean and straight lines
 Plain materials and colour
 Visual simplicity
 Repetition of forms
 Solids and voids

Let’s dissect an example to see how it works-
The main chapel of the Ibaraki Kasuga Oka Church in Japan is called the Church of Light,
which was created by Japanese architect Tadao Ando. Anything flamboyantly decorated that
is often found in houses of worship was completely absent from the design. Clean lines and
a double-height ceiling give the architect’s design a “larger than life” feeling.

Unlike most houses of worship, this one has simply a single cross covering its entire exterior,
leaving you in awe. Most places of worship feature enormous, fascinating paintings. The
plain concrete structure offers a quiet, contemplative environment free of outside
distractions. In a little area, the cross adds a brilliant connection to the outside, almost like a
figurative ray of hope.
Minimalist architects strive to integrate natural and built space in such a way that the actual
shape is seen to the viewer.

Disclaimer: This content is provided solely for your review. Erusu Consultants takes no liability for this article. The reader is advised to form their own opinion. Please consult a Structural Engineer before making any final decisions.

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