Doing more with less. This is a mantra that people strive for personally and professionally in order to be the most efficient version of themselves. Within architecture circles in 2018, this is slogan is being put into practice once again.

Minimalism has emerged as one of this year’s most notable trends. Architects and designers are creating homes, hotels and offices that have the appearance of simplicity, but still have the modern amenities that tenants and owners come to expect these days.

Minimalist architecture was first explored in the mid-1920s with the rise of cubism in the art world. Artists like Carl Andre and Donald Judd inspired architects to open their minds to the possibility of new designs. In the early 1960s, minimalism took off among the most notable architects of the day.

The main design elements of minimalist architecture are the use of empty space and a visual impression of cleanliness and simplicity. When these ideas are met, designs are achieved that look futuristic yet classic.

Minimalism is a common theme among residential properties, but increasingly it is coming back in commercial projects like museums and hotels. Even houses of worship have opened up to the idea of minimalist design.

A new part of minimalist design in the 21st century is implementing features that make buildings eco-friendly and sustainable. By using only select materials in the design phase, minimalist projects lend themselves to being more environmentally friendly. Natural light and open space also allow minimalist designs to cut back on energy usage.

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