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Minimalism in architecture

Text: Ar. Bhuvan Kapila, the Founder and Principal Architect, Workshop of Metropolitan Architecture, New Delhi

With the ‘less is more’ mantra, minimalism has redefined modern design. Minimalism transcends simple aesthetics and is a philosophical appreciation for simplicity and adaptability. Its principles continue to inspire architects and designers to seek simplicity, elegance, and functionality in their work.

Clean lines, simple surfaces, and geometric forms are hallmarks of minimalist architecture. Within this design, each element embodies a sense of structure and coherence. Minimalism prefers space over clutter, where architects ensure that negative space is equally significant as positive space in design.

Minimalism excels in functionality, focusing on the usability of a space while removing unnecessary ornamentation. It believes that form should naturally follow function, underscoring the importance of decisions that cater to utilitarian requirements. Ar. Kapila explains, “Frequently utilized materials encompass concrete, steel, glass, and natural woods. These materials are typically showcased in their unprocessed state or with restrained finishes, accentuating their inherent characteristics and textures.”

The appeal of minimalism in architecture lies in creating spaces that are uncluttered, balanced, and harmonious. In a world characterized by sensory overload, minimalism lets one experience the fundamental qualities of a space. It embraces sustainability by favoring longevity over trends and consumption, emphasizing quality over quantity, and celebrating materials and form.