Minimalism is a style or technique (as in music, literature, or design) that is characterized by extreme spareness and simplicity.

Minimalist architecture is characterised by :

  • a combination of an open floor.
  • emptiness
  • infinite space.
  • limited colors/ monochromatic palette
  • simplicity.
  • use of concrete, glass and natural materials and lots of light.
  • clean lines.
  • functional furniture.

It usually combines an open floor, where the focus is more on the shape, colour and texture of just a handful of essential elements.

– History of Minimalist Architecture –

This video tells beautifully the history of minimalism mouvement, where it came from , it’s purpose and gives it’s definition and some minimalist designs throughout the years.

Some of the most known minimalist architects :

Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe

Cinco detalles de la vida del arquitecto famoso Mies van der Rohe
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (March 27, 1886 in Aachen – August 17, 1969 in Chicago) was a naturalized German architect. After starting out as an architect for Bruno Paul and then Peter Behrens, he founded his architecture firm in 1912.

Some of his designs:

Less is More: Mies van der Rohe, a Pioneer of the Modern Movement |  ArchDaily
Less Is Still More: The Legacy of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in 8  Contemporary Houses - Architizer Journal

Carlos Ferrater

Carlos Ferrater i Lambarri - Arquitectura Catalana .Cat
Born in Barcelona, Carlos Ferrater (1944) produced most of his works in Spain. Active since the early 70s, he founded the Office of Architecture in Barcelona (OAB) in 2006, together with Lucía Ferrater, Borja Ferrater and Xavier Martí.

Some of his designs :

Origami House | OAB Carlos Ferrater -
Gallery of BF House / OAB + ADI - 6
Minimalist Architecture by Carlos Ferrater