150 Best Minimalist House Ideas (2014)
House on a Castle Mountainside
Architect: Fran Silvestre, Ma José Sáez/Fran Silvestre Arquitectos
Location: Ayora, Spain
Photography: Fernando Alda
The house is located at the base of a cliff with an ancient castle atop. Its architects avoided mimetic designs and its all-white appearance makes it stand out from its rugged surroundings, but it does not fight the neighboring houses.
From outside the house looks like a wedge sunk into the rocky hillside. Inside, the layout is stratified and organized around a vertical communication nucleus that also brings light in.
Dramatic visual effects can be achieved by the incidence of light on forms—changing not only the atmosphere, but also the perception of the geometry.
In minimalist architecture, components often serve both visual and functional purposes. For instance, a kitchen block can provide a nice visual break-up to a room and also divide spaces with different purposes.
A small bathroom can look bigger when accessed through a narrow corridor. Play with differing light intensities to emphasize this effect.