MINIMALIST HOUSE is an architectural style of building that is trending in the metropolitan areas. Architectural works of buildings, including minimalist houses, are choices towards architectural forms as a result of culture. It’s not just that the minimalist trend is a mindset, work, and a way of life. A new way of looking at design as a reflection of the practical, lightweight, efficient, and simplicity-filled way of life of urban society..
Minimalist homes also come with clearer characters (geometric shapes and spaces, simpler), better (sturdy), and stronger with empty spaces (fewer ornaments and furniture). The principle is simpler, the quality of the design, the existing space, and the completion of the field of the structure should be the better. John Pawson who is considered a teacher of “minimalism” presents a home design that is minimal in lines, a quiet and beautiful atmosphere.
However it should be noted too minimalist will be sterile, singular in appearance, and likely to be boring. Therefore it is necessary to understand together how the basic development of minimalist homes in the cultural context of our urban society.
Is the minimal shape always a simple box or is there another shape?
Minimalist home shapes don’t always have to be simple squares, but can also be platonic geometry into part of the landscape that “suddenly” appears upwards. However, if the house is only required to form a box, then the shape of the box is the result of a process of needing function, not because of coercion or latah following the trend.
The minimum is the ultimate ornament. The minimum becomes a destination as well as the ornament itself that is simple and pure. Straight lines, smooth, sometimes rough flat fields, and perpendicular field meetings. Mass blocking, material, lighting, repetition, compact circulation, multifunctional optimization of space and order.
Does the type of material used should be as few as possible?
The use of various materials such as wood, bricks, kali stone, glass, exposed concrete, or steel can also appear pure. Exposure to the dominance of certain materials will produce different effects. Detailed structure design and calculation can save material usage with optimal building results.
Completion ranging from floors, walls, doors, windows, wind holes, skylights, ceilings, to roofs, with a combination of consistent material usage. The frame (concrete, steel), walls (glass, wood, plain concrete/exposed, steel, kali stone, bricks, Hebel, brick), doors and windows (wood, metal), stairs (concrete, steel, wood, fiberglass), skylight (fiberglass), flooring (cement, terms, ceramic, marble, parquet), ceiling (triplex, gypsum) or no ceiling (exposed concrete, exposed steel roof frame, wood) and roof (tile, shingle, steel).
The use of bright colors (red, orange, yellow) on some exposed areas will strengthen the accent of the minimalist home and make it the focal point of the neighborhood.
Is minimalist house architecture cheap because of the minimal use of the word?
Does building a minimalist house have to be expensive? For young couples or young executives who crave minimalist homes as a symbol of metropolis life, limited funding is clearly a major obstacle.
The minimalist house emphasizes a straightforward, plain, simple, uncomplicated, compact design, and space efficiency. The low cost of a building is determined by the use of materials used from the proposed design. The cost of building a house generally uses the standard market price. Neat and careful completion of work demands skilled, observant, and experienced craftsmen who make the cost of the handyman above the market price.
The minimalist impression also appears in the architect’s attitude, on the approval of the client as a prospective occupant of the house, to “voluntarily” reduce various people’s important needs. Only the essential part of the function of the house is retained so that if the house is effectively minimalist, it is simply the result of a process. Not the end goal. The beauty of a minimalist home optimally occurs from the purity of the function itself.
Is a minimalist home comfortable to live in?
Minimalist homes will obviously feel comfortable to live in for urban communities that are practical, functional, light, frugal, and efficient, because minimalism is the rationing of their lifestyle, according to their functioning needs. A symbol of the metropolis lifestyle. A simple way of life in total. Home furnishings follow the basic geometric shape of the building, efficiently, and functionally only. Careful and artful lighting (floodlights, planting lights, chandeliers, garden lights) makes a minimalist home look more artistic at night.
Minimalist homes will continue to evolve along with the creativity of architects, design innovation, and supported by technological sophistication, making the appearance of minimalist homes will always come with fresh new breakthroughs, more perfect details, and increasingly affordable prices. The presence of minimalist houses is precisely a medium of communication between architecture and landscape with the form of contrast between nature and something man-made (culture).
The minimalist garden setting will give the “spirit” a softness to the rigidity of the building form, the hardness of the material, and the harmony of life with the surrounding shady environment. The presence of shady trees, grassy courtyards, and other shady plants give a fresh and lively atmosphere to fill the “void” of minimalist homes.
Ultimately the beauty value of minimalist homes no longer relies on ornaments and artificial objects but is more meaningful to the honesty of the form, function, and soul of the space created. So it’s no wonder that then minimalist homes become the choice of urban communities that yearn for their honesty, simplicity, and innocence.