Minimalist House Designs That Take Simplicity To A Whole New Level

Minimalism is embraced by many designers right now in a variety of different fields. For example, there are so many wonderful minimal houses out there and even though they’re all very simple by definition, they each look unique.

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In many cases, minimalism is a way of life and this can be translated into design in lots of different ways. Here are a few minimalist houses that stand out in this regard.

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Long and narrow House by Shinichi Ogawa & Associates

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This is literally called Minimalist House and it’s easy to see why. It’s a structure located in Okinawa, Japan and it was designed by studio Shinichi Ogawa & Associates. From the outside, all you can see is four solid white walls which frame the whole thing. There are no huge windows or openings that let passers-by take a peak inside and this gives the house a very mysterious and intriguing look. The interior is divided into three sections lengthwise.

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 It’s an unusual distribution of the spaces and it gets even more interesting when the functions of these areas are revealed. One of them is a courtyard. It has an open ceiling and it’s separated from the adjacent middle space by a huge glass wall. The central space houses the bedrooms, living area and workspace and the third section contains the kitchen, bathroom and utility areas. None of this can be seen from the street. 

White Minimalist house by Alberto Campo Baeza and GLR 

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Another minimalist house that looks very intriguing from the outside can be found in Monterrey, Mexico. It was designed by architect Alberto Campo Baeza together with local firm GLR Arquitectos and it’s called Domus Aurea.

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The reason behind the name is the fact that the house has a very interesting design feature: a double-height wall covered in gold leaf. Its role is to reflect the sunlight coming from the South and to create a very bright and warm interior. As far as the rest of the design is concerned, the house is very simple. It doesn’t have any windows or openings on the street-facing side and there’s a perimeter wall that encloses the garden on all four sides. 

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The minimalist and solid exterior of this house doesn’t give any indication as to what’s going on inside. It’s only once you step inside that you discover just how unique and special this place is. This timber-clad home is located in Akashi, Japan and was designed by studio Arbol. The exterior walls only have a few tiny openings, not big enough to reveal what’s on the other side. The house has three courtyards. The entrance leads straight into the living area which features a wood-burning stove, a tatami room and a small garden with fruit trees. The kitchen and dining area and open to the second garden which can be accessed via sliding glass doors and there’s also a third small garden that brings light into the rest of the spaces. 

Minimalist Japanese House 

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In a minimalist house with very few visible elements that stand out, it’s quite easy to draw attention to a particular detail. An interesting example in that sense is a house located in Takamatsu, Japan. It was designed by FujiwaraMuro Architects and, as you can see, it has a very simplistic exterior without large openings or any eye-catching decorative details.

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That’s intentional in order to draw attention to the garage and in particular to the owner’s sports car proudly displayed inside. The fact that the facade lacks any big windows and openings also helps to preserve the privacy of the interior. That doesn’t mean there’s a shortage of natural light inside and there are plenty of skylights and small windows that welcome the sunlight into all the different sections of the house. 

Minimalist Japanese House Designed Around Car Garage

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The Peet House is very interesting for various reasons. It has a very simple exterior with flat white walls and a lack of details which gives it a really intriguing look. The interior is quite interesting as well because it lacks any doors in the traditional sense.

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This creates a very natural and seamless connection between all the different spaces and ensures a nice flow throughout the house. The interior is organized on two floors connected by a wooden staircase, one of the few features that introduce color into the design. The house is located in Lelystad, The Netherlands and was designed by Studio Klink

The Rabbit House by Studio Klink

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The Peet House is very interesting for various reasons. It has a very simple exterior with flat white walls and a lack of details which gives it a really intriguing look. The interior is quite interesting as well because it lacks any doors in the traditional sense.

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This creates a very natural and seamless connection between all the different spaces and ensures a nice flow throughout the house. The interior is organized on two floors connected by a wooden staircase, one of the few features that introduce color into the design. The house is located in Lelystad, The Netherlands and was designed by Studio Klink

Wildcoast House Project Extension by Dan Gayfer Field Design

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White is the universal color for minimalism so it doesn’t come as a surprise to see so many houses that embrace this nuance in their design. Another example here can be the extension built by studio Dan Gayfer Field Design for a beach house situated in Melbourne. The design had to be sensitive toward the climate of this area which means unpredictable rainfall, arid sun and strong winds. With that in mind, the studio came up with a simple and considerate design with a minimalist aesthetic. They gave it crisp white walls complemented by warm wood surfaces and accents and they made sure the new spaces had easy access outside. 

Minimalist Jelenovac Residence by DVA Arhitekta

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The Jelenovac residence is located in Zagreb, Croatia and was designed by studio DVA Arhitekta. It’s surrounded by several neighboring structures but it manages to stand out through its clean and minimalist aesthetic.

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The unusual shape of the floor follows the geometry of the site in order to make the most of all the available space. It consists of two main volumes, a larger one which houses the living spaces and social areas and a smaller one which contains the private rooms. Everything is wrapped in a clean and white facade with contrasting dark frames around the windows and openings. 

Minimalist small-scale lodge in LA CALERA, COLOMBIA

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It’s about time we looked at a minimalist house that actually isn’t white. This is a lovely retreat in La Calera, Colombia designed by architect Rubén Gómez Gañán. It’s a type of modern lodge, situated in the middle of nature, away from the busy and noisy cities. The aim of the project was to establish a strong relationship between the inhabitants and the surroundings so in order to do that the architect connected the two sections of the building with a glass bridge. Also, the two cabin-like volumes have huge windows that let in lots of light and expose the interior spaces to the gorgeous views. 

Minimalist Barn Design

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Minimalism takes a uniform form in the case of this beautiful house in Woodstock, US. The house was designed by studio Birdseye and its overall aesthetic is heavily influenced by the farmhouses present in this region. It was all however translated into a simple and modern design.

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The house has a gable roof but doesn’t follow a traditional design in other ways. Also, it has a weathered wood exterior which gives it a lot of character and a lived-in look. It also helps it to blend in and to look more natural in its surroundings. All the exposed steel, concrete and the big windows and glazed services reinforce a modern and minimalistic approach. 

Prefab Minimalist House in Portugal

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This house from Portugal appears to be floating above the ground with no foundation in place and that’s actually a really cool visual effect created using mirrors. MIMA Architects used mirrors to line up the bottom section of the house and these reflect the ground, the grass and the topography around the house.

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As for the rest of the house, the visible part of it is minimalistic and has a very clean, box-like shape with flat surfaces throughout. The interior is bright and simple but also sophisticated thanks to the way in which the spaces are lit up as well as the array of materials and finishes used throughout. 

Simple and Minimalist House in Australia

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Another cool house with a minimalist design that we’d like to show you today can be found in Portsea, Australia. It was designed by studio FGR Architects and it sits on a gentle slope, partially suspended over the side.

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The floor plan is simple and rectangular, with large glazed surfaces and a strong connection to the outdoors in general. The interior spaces extend seamlessly outside thanks to the glass walls and sliding doors and the panoramic views also become a part of the decor and atmosphere of each room.