150 Best Minimalist House Ideas (2014)

Kapoor House

Architect: Swatt | Miers Architects

Location: Berkeley, CA, USA

Photography: Tim Griffith

This house opens up to incredible panoramic views. Its simple design with a minimal palette of materials such as concrete, stucco, wood, stone, and stainless steel, accommodates a complex program while avoiding ostentation. From the frameless windows to the trimless, recessed LED lights, the house is characterized by a precise level of detail.

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Use seemless glass panel guardrails to maximize views.

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Wood can be a good finish for a ceiling and is an alternative to a painted finish. Like hardwood floors, a wood ceiling provides a sense of warmth and comfort.

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Clerestories or high windows visually separate the walls from the ceiling, providing an effect of lightness. Because they are high up in the wall, privacy is maintained.

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Sliding panels can dramatically transform a space. They can be used to close off large openings or separate spaces with different functions.

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