150 Best Minimalist House Ideas (2014)

Dwelling at Maytree

Architect: ODOS architects

Location: Wicklow, Ireland

Photography: Ros Kavanagh and ODOS architects

This two-story house is a bold sculptural form that replaced a derelict 1940s single-story cottage. Sitting at the foot of a steep escarpment, it is accessed via a long processional path. The hallway in the main entry level of the house was conceived of as an “internal street.” Its dimensions widen at the more public realms of the plan, and diminish in the private areas.

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Red columns below the cantilevered volume mark a pedestrian path wedged between the house and the base of the escarpment. The path leads to the rear garden and living room deck.

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A tapering staircase gives glamour to the entryway. The varying tread size creates a false perspective that magnifies the stair’s length.

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Bring a little zing to a monochromatic room with colorful furnishings. Here, green-yellow armchairs harmonize with the landscape, blurring the boundary between interior and exterior.

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Transform a hallway into an art gallery. Ascertain the balance between natural and artificial lighting to optimize the display of the art.