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The Impact of Minimalism on Residential House Design

When considering whether to choose a residential house design or something more bespoke, it is worthwhile taking a balanced view of architecture and the inherent benefits of professional design. Whether through proportion, depth, or form, architecture in itself is simply the activation of living space in order to promote and nurture a lifestyle that engages ones surroundings. More than anything, the idea that less is more is worthy of consideration when conceptualising your dream home, especially when most households these days have a more than ample amount of furnishing with which to articulate living space. Briefly, we discuss minimalism in residential house design.

Minimalistic Residential House Design in Brisbane

On an elemental level, minimalism in itself does not positively or negatively affect a living space. At this basic level, it all comes down to the function of space and it is this relationship that one should explore in order to better harness the depth of design. As humans, we complement our need for tangible surroundings with a desire for peace and tranquility. Residential house design plays a large part in marrying these two ideas together and when done properly, the transition is seamless.

Redefining the Absence of Clutter

Clutter comes in many shapes and sizes, all of which negatively impact a living space or dwelling. In order to design and define a sustainable living space, residential house design often takes into consideration the ideas of spatial balance and harmony. In other words, living space that make sense are more often than not, far more comfortable than those which one struggles to inhabit. Consider a square room without any articulation as a poignant example.

Whilst it would be easy to clutter the room with furniture, fixtures, fittings and so on, the resulting room will invariably lack a certain purpose of function, having a homogeneous layout that does not fulfill the requirements and dynamics of architectural design. The reason for this is that whilst in theory, a square room allows for complete and total control over the layout of furnishing, often there are wasted opportunities for articulation and a disproportional balance within the shell of under and overutilised spaces.

Consider taking that very same room and articulating one of the corners inwards to form to break the monotony. The resulting floor plan can now serve to define a function of the room and one can begin to appreciate how the simple concepts that architects take for granted become so important in everyday living.

In Summary

Minimalism is an idea that requires balance between intention and practicality. In order to fully realise a residential house design that captures the essence of minimalism, simply removing clutter is not enough. One must articulate the architecture to evolve an experience, as minimalism is an experience.

By Christopher Ealy | Find me on Google+ 

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