150 Best Minimalist House Ideas (2014)

Franz House

Architect: María Victoria Besonías, Luciano Kruk/BAKarquitectos

Location: Mar Azul, Argentina

Photography: Gustavo Sosa Pinilla

The features that make this house unique are: its response to a steep slope, the privacy it offers—especially street side, and its success in making a small area habitable by minimizing circulation spaces.

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The house is very compact, developed on two floors, and built into the hillside. Like the other local houses designed by its architects, it blends beautifully with the wooded landscape.

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In architecture as in art, form, light, and the qualities of materials are the essence of minimalism. In the words of architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe: “Less is more.”

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Exterior and interior spaces received equal attention. Outside the living area, a double-height porch was build around two pine trees, reinforcing a connection with nature.

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Use glass to maximize natural lighting, to establish visual connections, and to create a sense of unity among different spaces.

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