Architecture has always carried messages within its appearance; be it religious, spiritual, or social. Just like language, architecture talks and communicates through its history that is basically of human interaction. It’s not only about planning and drawing, but also about a plethora of emotions.
Other than human’s need for shelter, our physical surrounding plays a role in affecting our mental and physical health. Not a single piece of architecture has been randomly designed; each structure is associated to the politics, art, poetry, and social sciences of the time and of course to human nature. Architecture creates emotional sonority through its stylistic hallmarks and its use of forms, structures, light conditions and materials have all evolved overtime.
Architecture progressed with time and each era had its unique characteristics, and one of these styles is minimalism. Minimalism has become very popular over the years as a design philosophy and way of life. It has been highly influenced by the Japanese traditional design and architecture; also, it surfaced from the Cubist-inspired movements of De Stijl and Bauhaus. Minimalist architecture includes the use of simple design elements, without ornamentation or decoration.
Simplicity is one of the ideas of modern architecture. The initial explanation of minimalistic innovation is how, with minimum materials, to turn off all unnecessary in the art. It is defined by the emphasis on needed elements like light and the way it settles on the volumes and masses that make up buildings and shape space, design, and structure. Minimalism in architecture presumes an empty space that fills our senses.
Minimalism is a constant quest for purity, the search for the dignity of silence as a presence, for the density of space, for borderless space where silence speaks for itself. The emptiness of space is equal to the emptiness of spirit as a state that does not cling to anything in which we live fully in the present moment. In addition, light in minimalism is transformed into interior space through architectural elements that are specifically designed in order to control and structure light reflections. Consequently, it becomes a space-defining factor through which a sense of spatial depth is brought about. Being physically, emotionally and psychologically aware of the space we occupy is a feeling that could be described as being present, which is a feeling that is personal and hard to clearly and properly explain.
Minimalism provides simplicity as a personal lifestyle and a road to individual freedom which makes it timeless. It grants the contemporary man the chance to improve and re-establish a sense of order and stability in the real world. No other art form could provide that divine spiritual pleasure within the work itself.