November 16, 2017
Timber is a versatile and popular building material, especially for chalet-style small houses. But how do you design such a house without it looking like a sauna? Minsk-based Zrobym Architects shows us how in this beautiful contemporary timber house.
This small but perfectly formed dacha in the Minsk region feels airy and spacious despite its petit (68 square metres) size, thanks to the extensive windows and double-height living space. The predominant use of a single material (wood) throughout helps to enhance the sense of space, as does the adoption of a restrained colour palette with focus on monotone and neutral colours. The glossy white kitchen and table tops help to reflect the light and break up the monotony of wood, as does the clever wood panelling effect behind the bed and the living room sofa. The overall effect is uplifting and calming at the same time, a perfect retreat from the hectic city life.
The natural wood veneer lights from LZF (such as the Agatha suspension light) are a great way to bring a sense nature inside. A sleek, minimal design such as the Kerflight suspension light from Graypants and the Skylight Tower suspension light from Frederik Roije would work well too.
February 16, 2021
Japanese zen style goes far beyond minimalist white spaces. It is about thoughtful spaces which encourage the contemplation of light, colours, textures and shapes - the building blocks of nature and beauty. The Shutter House in Perth is a great example.
January 07, 2021
Minimalism is about much more than empty spaces. It is the artful use of light, colour and objects to define spaces, creating an atmosphere that is warm and contemplative. The BU1H house, designed by Igor Sirotov Architects, is a great example.
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