Minimalism As Portrayed in Art and Architecture

By: Eric Bias, Sports Editor

Minimalism does not only exist in the aspect of personal possessions and goods; the principles of minimalism are also applied to art and architecture, creating a style known as contemporary or modern. When you look at a minimalistic piece of architecture, it may not be a lot to look at; but, this is exactly what is appealing about minimalist architecture. An example of minimalistic architecture is provided with this article to be used as reference. When somebody asks me why I enjoy minimalistic architecture, they often mention that it is not that much to look at. Interestingly, the most interesting thing about minimalist architecture is its simplistic nature. If we look at the example, we notice that it is very clean. That’s exactly what I like about it. It doesn’t try to impose too much on the viewer, unlike some other forms of architecture. You may be asking, “how does having minimalistic architecture relate to the first post in the series about our compulsive nature?” The simplistic nature of this modern architectural style doesn’t allow for excess, limiting the number of material possessions that one owns. In fact, having excess in a home of this style will erode the beauty of the architecture. If we, as a society, move towards this style of architecture, we will consume less. This may seem like a grandiose claim, but I believe that it can be validated.


I view the home as an extension of the people who inhabit it. A home, both in its denotation and connotation, plays a key role in every individual’s development. If we were to look at someone who was raised in a minimalistic household, I argue that we would find them to be more selective of what they let into their lives. On the contrary, if we were to look into the development of a child that was brought up in a cluttered environment, we would find that the child would continue these habits into their adulthood and bring these same values into their homes when they have a family of their own. As the old saying goes, “bad habits start young”. In a way, I have been brought up in a home that contained a lot of things; not junk, but things that have had too much sentimental value given to them. I want this parasitic trend to end; because of this, I am focused on narrowing my own possessions down so that I am only left with things that I actually find value in.


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