minimalist design

Two-faced Austrian house hides a surprising subterranean wine cellar

Two-faced Austrian house hides a surprising subterranean wine cellar

While the front of the Stroblkeller matches the modest aesthetic of the surrounding buildings, its low-key exterior contrasts dramatically with the contemporary rear facade and minimalist interior. The

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Modern timber frame oyster shack grows a garden on its roof

Modern timber frame oyster shack grows a garden on its roof

The charming oyster shack is divided into two parts: an oyster hangar and the living spaces comprising the kitchen, dining room, living room, and bedroom. A kink in the roof and building help delineate

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Kouichi Kimura’s Cozy House is a secluded space in a busy Japan neighborhood

Kouichi Kimura’s Cozy House is a secluded space in a busy Japan neighborhood

How do you design a house that provides high levels of privacy in a densely populated neighborhood like the one in Japan's Shiga prefecture? Local firm FORM, led by architect Kouichi Kimura, created a

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Curvaceous lines and a large skylight give an ethereal vibe to this modern teashop in Prague

Curvaceous lines and a large skylight give an ethereal vibe to this modern teashop in Prague

Studio pha was challenged to create an inviting and spacious atmosphere in a narrow and small space. Focusing on the original circular skylight as the centerpiece for the design, the architects inserted

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Colbost house is a sleek black residence on the Isle of Skye

Colbost house is a sleek black residence on the Isle of Skye

Tucked on a plot of elevated farmland on the Isle of Skye, the Colbost residence is an unfussy collection of geometric black buildings. Inspired by a nearby old, black shed, the four structures that

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This adorable tiny cabin by Peter Jungmann is called the Ufogel

This adorable tiny cabin by Peter Jungmann is called the Ufogel

The 485 square-foot sculptural holiday home is built mostly from glass, metal and Larch wood, a highly-ecological, waterproof and rot-resistant timber typically used for building yachts and other exterior

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Contemporary concrete chapel projects over a mountainside to take in spectacular lakeside views

Contemporary concrete chapel projects over a mountainside to take in spectacular lakeside views

Perched atop a grassy knoll, the Capilla Cardedeu chapel features a minimalist, demure design so as not to detract from the surrounding landscape. The wedge-shaped chapel is open on both sides, with the

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Dramatic crystalline concert hall boasts a gorgeous prismatic interior in Poland

Dramatic crystalline concert hall boasts a gorgeous prismatic interior in Poland

Wrapped in a translucent ribbed-glass facade, the nearly 140,000-square-foot concert hall is filled with abundant natural light during the day and glows like a bright white lantern at night. Barozzi Veiga

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1920s Montreal home gets a sleek, minimalist addition thanks to Nature Humaine Architecture

1920s Montreal home gets a sleek, minimalist addition thanks to Nature Humaine Architecture

The extension of the Dulwich Residence was organized into two interlaced areas that provide additional space for the family and features a variety of different textures and materials. Large windows

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VIDEO: A Tour of Mark Baez’s Translucent M Cube Residence

VIDEO: A Tour of Mark Baez’s Translucent M Cube Residence

A few years ago, Inhabitat had a chance to catch up with M Design's eco-prefab architect Mark Baez in lovely Venice, CA.  He gave us a personal tour of his M Cube home—a minimalist, modular,

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Japanese Designers Showcase Elegant Low-Impact Products at BKLYN Designs 2014

Japanese Designers Showcase Elegant Low-Impact Products at BKLYN Designs 2014

Akiko Oue and Ryohei Yoshiyuki of Oy Objects see exciting new possibilities in everyday materials. These rustic earth-toned vessels made from recycled coffee grounds are the perfect compliment to your

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Olson Kundig’s Studio Sitges is a Stunning Minimalist Home Made of Durable Industrial Materials

Olson Kundig’s Studio Sitges is a Stunning Minimalist Home Made of Durable Industrial Materials

The exterior of the three-story Studio Sitges is a veritable hodgepodge of industrial materials that include pre-weathered Corten steel and raw, hand-treated concrete. The board-formed concrete walls and

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Das Haus 2014: Minimalist Home of the Future Ensures Masculine and Feminine Compatibility

Das Haus 2014: Minimalist Home of the Future Ensures Masculine and Feminine Compatibility

Representing two individual bodies that have merged together at a rectangular overlap in the middle, the structure combines two intersecting timber-framed buildings with large openings at each end rather

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The Norwegian School of Economics is the Latest in a String of Designer Learning Institutions

The Norwegian School of Economics is the Latest in a String of Designer Learning Institutions

Part of the strategy to make the school enhance the area rather than overwhelm it is the all glass facade that reflects the coastal landscape and light, which changes during the day and throughout the

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Kyoto’s Futuristic Nine Hours Capsule Hotel Offers a First Class Sleeping Experience in Tiny Pods

Kyoto’s Futuristic Nine Hours Capsule Hotel Offers a First Class Sleeping Experience in Tiny Pods

The coffin-sized rooms are not a novelty in Japan. Capsule hotels have been there since the 70s but have gotten a bad rap as the last resort of drunken workers that missed the last train home. Nike Hours

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Glass and Cor-ten Steel Cloudy Bay Shack Offers Gorgeous Views from Each Room

Glass and Cor-ten Steel Cloudy Bay Shack Offers Gorgeous Views from Each Room

Wine distributors, journalists and wine sellers are all in for a treat when visiting the Richmond Ranges vineyards. The gorgeously creative façade facing the road is clad in weathered steel, which

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Light Wells Brighten up the Tiny Pedervegen 8 House in Norway

Light Wells Brighten up the Tiny Pedervegen 8 House in Norway

Rever go Drage describes the original one bedroom, one bathroom home as "Scandinavian functionalism," which is short for a very small dwelling with a flat roof, brown wood cladding and white brick walls.

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Stunning Prefab Northcote Home Combines Minimalist and Passive Design in Australia

Stunning Prefab Northcote Home Combines Minimalist and Passive Design in Australia

The three bedroom modular residence was carefully arranged on the site to avoid excess solar gain in summer while making the most of winter daylight. Extensive floor to ceiling glazing on the lower level

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Industrial-Chic Village Apartments Radiate Natural Light in Amsterdam

Industrial-Chic Village Apartments Radiate Natural Light in Amsterdam

Deeply contemporary and minimalist, the double height apartments have timber structural walls that double as closet and wardrobe spaces. The upper level, called "roof terraces," feature dining, working,

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Skinny Eel’s Nest Home and Office in LA Takes Cues from Impossibly Narrow Japanese Lots

Skinny Eel’s Nest Home and Office in LA Takes Cues from Impossibly Narrow Japanese Lots

The original home was built on this unique 780 square foot lot in 1929, and although most of it had to be demolished, some of the original basement walls are still visible. Anonymous Architects focused on

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Minimalist Carling Residence Requires Zero Air Conditioning in Canada’s Pristine Landscape

Minimalist Carling Residence Requires Zero Air Conditioning in Canada’s Pristine Landscape

Using a restrained material palette that includes wood, stone, concrete and white walls, TACT Architecture was able to make the outdoors a crucial element of their overall design. The northern entrance

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Work and Pleasure Go Together at Nidolab’s Tiny Home Office in Argentina

Work and Pleasure Go Together at Nidolab’s Tiny Home Office in Argentina

The first thing to notice about the Home Office on display in Buenos Aires is the curious mossy carpet at the onset of the floating timber platform that accommodates a large conference table. In addition

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Minimalist Summer Home by Lode Architecture Blends Into the Landscape of Brittany, France

Minimalist Summer Home by Lode Architecture Blends Into the Landscape of Brittany, France

Just 250 square meters, the compact D House comprises a perfect blend of home and landscape, private retreat and party house. The double glazed first floor, which is tucked into the earth, boasts

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Modern Charred Timber Rooftecture HH Home in Japan Boasts Abundant Daylighting

Modern Charred Timber Rooftecture HH Home in Japan Boasts Abundant Daylighting

Rooftecture HH was designed to do ensure that the inhabitants would still feel an intense connection to the natural environment, including the site's light and wind. With views of the nearby mountains and

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Wooden Shoal Bay Bach is a Sweet Minimalist Retreat in New Zealand

Wooden Shoal Bay Bach is a Sweet Minimalist Retreat in New Zealand

Comprised of two interconnected gabled structures in a paddock backed by rolling green hills, the Shoal Bay bach is located in a new development complex that used to be an old sheep farm. In fact,

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SayBoat is a Minimalist Floating Home Clad With Sustainable Beech Wood in the Czech Republic

SayBoat is a Minimalist Floating Home Clad With Sustainable Beech Wood in the Czech Republic

The design brief called for a home for a couple that could accommodate family on the weekends. Whilst compact enough to drive down the road if the situation calls for it, the interior is surprisingly

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Gorgeous Hightree House in Santa Monica Takes Cues From Minimalist Scandinavian Design

Gorgeous Hightree House in Santa Monica Takes Cues From Minimalist Scandinavian Design

Steel framing drastically reduces the footprint of any home, particularly if it is coupled with a great deal of efficient insulation and other passive design techniques as it is with this design. A boxy

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Dacha’s Origami: An All-White Summer Home in Russia With No Windows and No Doors

Dacha’s Origami: An All-White Summer Home in Russia With No Windows and No Doors

The clients are a sporty family that also enjoy hosting a lot of parties. They also love the sun, even though there isn't much of that in Russia. So Kostelov used sustainably-sourced timber to create a

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Cinderella-Inspired Pumpkin Room Transforms EDG Creatives into Fairytale Brainstormers

Cinderella-Inspired Pumpkin Room Transforms EDG Creatives into Fairytale Brainstormers

The award-winning pumpkin room comes in two different varieties: either a complete mini-room that can be installed in just about any office, or partitions comprised of just two of the polycarbonate panels

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Tiny Timber Unuo House in Japan Has a Tall Narrow Entrance and Wide Western View

Tiny Timber Unuo House in Japan Has a Tall Narrow Entrance and Wide Western View

Katsutoshi Sasaki & Associates believe that a residence should be comprised of just one room, but there are no rules in Japanese design that says this room should be boring and monotonous. In addition

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