Bloco Arquitetos gives “abstract character” to Cora House in Brasília

A stark white palette is used both outside and in this Brazilian home, designed by local firm Bloco Arquitetos as a series of angular volumes on a steep site. Cora House is situated on a sloping property in Brasília, and the incline of the land played a pivotal role in the massing of the building.

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Álvaro Siza builds Capela do Monte chapel for off-grid retreat in the Algarve

Architect Álvaro Siza Viera has completed a simple countryside chapel in the south of Portugal, designed to function without electricity, heat or running water. The Capela do Monte, which translates simply as hillside chapel, forms part of the Monte da Charneca complex, a new off-grid holiday retreat that is being constructed in the picturesque landscape

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Three houses form greyscale Casas SP complex in Mexico by S-AR and Marisol González

A trio of black-and-white residences line up in a row on a site in northern Mexico, created as a collaboration between architects S-AR and Marisol González. Casas SP comprises three separate houses, each three storeys tall, constructed very close to one another to form a complex of urban dwellings in the town of San Pedro Garza

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Studio MK27 creates minimalist pavilion for Micasa campus in São Paulo

Brazilian firm Studio MK27 has used timber, polycarbonate panels, and white metal sheets to form an austere building for Micasa, a contemporary furniture retailer based in São Paulo. The project, called Micasa Vol C, is located in the city’s Jardins neighbourhood, known for its tree-lined streets and upscale shops. The pavilion is the third building

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Minimalist black warehouse by Moarqs occupies triangular site outside Buenos Aires

Black-painted steel panels give this warehouse by Argentinian architecture firm Moarqs a stark and monotonous appearance. The Caseros Depot is located on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, on a tight urban lot that is triangular in plan. Measuring 1,542 square feet (470 square metres)
, the building is made from corrugated frames made of laminated steel,

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Alain Carle Architecte completes minimalist home in Ontario

Board-formed concrete and black metal cladding characterise this house in rural Ontario by Alain Carle Architecte, which was designed to complement its man-made landscape. Named True North, the project is located near the Canadian city of Cornwall – next to the US border. Although the landscape appears to be natural, it is in fact formed

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Rainbow windows pattern Ellsworth Kelly’s minimal Austin pavilion

A pavilion with colourful geometric windows by late American artist Ellsworth Kelly has been built at the University of Texas in Austin. The pavilion, titled Austin, is the first and only freestanding building designed by Kelly, who is renowned for his colourful and minimalist artworks. Based on a sketch he made of a chapel in France

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Worrell Yeung adds minimalist black barn to traditional property in Upstate New York

US architecture firm Worrell Yeung has pared back the rural vernacular of the Hudson River Valley to create a contemporary black barn next to a countryside home. The minimalist structure is an addition to a traditional property sited on a 30-acre (12-hectare) plot in the town of Ancram, New York. “This modern barn adopts an

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Transforming A 1960s Office Block Into A Minimalist Home

The upper floors of a former 1960s office in Antwerp have been transformed into Penthouse Britselei — a project by Belgian architect, Hans Verstuyft, that synthesizes his home and living space.
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Monochrome Masterpieces: The Fire Stations Of Italy

Pedevilla Architects have designed two minimalist, monochromatic, functionalist fire stations in Italy — one casting a golden glow across the mountains in Vierschac, South Tyrol, the other, a rose-tinted building, warming the snowy landscape of Taufers…

An Overnight Experience In The Krane

Amongst the industrial landscape of the harborside of Nordhavn, Copenhagen, stands ‘The Krane’. Designed and built by Mads Møller from Arcgency for Klaus Kastbjerg, the former coal crane has been renovated and now acts as an immersive, multisensory exp…

A Mirrored Pavilion For The Serralves Museum Of Contemporary Art

DepA has designed a mirrored pavilion that sits at the edge of the lake at the heart of the 18-hectare park that houses Serralves — the most visited museum in Portugal.
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Tiny Huts By MUJI

As questions about how we can live sustainably in the future abound, the tiny house movement gains ever-more traction. MUJI has just released their own tiny huts for sale to the general public in Japan.
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Cover designs backyard studio in LA using computer algorithms

Design-build firm Cover, which uses computer algorithms to create customised backyard dwellings for homes, has completed its first project: a small studio in Los Angeles. The 320-square-foot (30-square-metre) prefabricated building is situated on a hillside in northern LA, and serves as an office and music studio for an Oscar-nominated sound editor. The white, rectangular structure

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Shallow pools mirror sugar-cube suites at Hotel Mar Adentro by Taller Aragonés

White blocks containing guest accommodation appear to float on expansive reflecting pools at this minimalist Mexican hotel by Taller Aragonés. Hotel Mar Adentro sits on the coast of San José del Cabo, at the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula. The popular resort has myriad accommodation options, including the Drift San Jose boutique hotel.

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Minimalism is an “expression of obsession” says The Girl Before author JP Delaney

The Girl Before, a psychological thriller set in a minimalist house, is one of this summer’s bestselling novels. Dezeen spoke to author JP Delaney about how obsessive architects “make for very interesting fiction”. The book, which is due to be turned into a movie by Cocoon and A Beautiful Mind director Ron Howard, is set in

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Black corrugated metal encases loft-inspired interiors of Tokyo house by TakaTina

American studio TakaTina has created a stark family home on the outskirts of Tokyo, featuring bright white interiors inspired by the client’s previous Brooklyn loft apartment and an inky black exterior. The New York based architects, husband-and-wife team Takaaki and Christina Kawabata, were commissioned to design the house for a family of four in a residential area west of the Japanese

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Minimal Hollywood house by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos juts out from steep hillside

Spanish firm Fran Silvestre Arquitectos designed the off-white angular form of this house so it would “hang from the topography” of the Hollywood Hills. Located high up in the exclusive Los Angeles neighbourhood, the yet-to-be-built minimal home was based around the client’s wishes to make the most of the site’s sweeping views. “A monolithic piece,

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AJ-A gives Palo Alto home extension an all-white exterior

Californian firm AJ-A has extended an adobe brick residence from the 1940s, contrasting the rustic material with pared-down finishes and minimalist geometry. The 1,150-square-foot (107-square-metre) addition includes a master suite for the residents, a guest bedroom, and a new dining room that is adjacent to the existing kitchen. “A series of simple solids and voids

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NP2F Architectes squeezes football and tennis courts onto narrow Paris site

French studio NP2F Architectes has squeezed a football field, tennis court and running track onto a long strip of land in Paris’s Saint-Paul area. The practice had to work with a limited amount of land, as well as design facilities that wouldn’t detract from the appearance of the buildings on either side of the playing field. Different courts

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Five envy-inducing minimal houses by Alberto Campo Baeza

Spanish architect Alberto Campo Baeza has just completed his latest minimal house, this time in Mexico, so we’ve rounded up a selection of home designs by the architect to showcase his pared-back, monochrome style. A cult favourite, Campo Baeza’s work is often associated with minimalism. His style is typified by simple shapes, the use of plain expansive surfaces in concrete, glass

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Minimalist house by Alberto Campo Baeza and GLR is bathed in “golden light” inside

The stark white surfaces that dominate this minimal house in Monterrey, Mexico, are interrupted by a golden wall that elevates the quality of light inside. Designed by Spanish architect Alberto Campo Baeza with local firm GLR Arquitectos, the home is named Domus Aurea – Latin for “golden house”. Behind its blank facades sits a double-height

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Dezeen’s latest Pinterest board focuses purely on minimalist design

Our latest Pinterest board is dedicated to pared-back design, architecture and interiors – from John Pawson’s immaculate London workspace and studio to the all-white interior of a hilltop house in Portugal. Follow Dezeen on Pinterest ›

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