Poetics in Minimalism

Minimalism is popularly believed to be a lifestyle where people have to live with less. In architecture, it is a ‘trend’ wherein the subject is reduced to its necessary elements. The concept of minimalist architecture is to achieve the essential quality of simplicity. It cannot be achieved by reducing the ornamentation, but it is a stage in design where no one can remove anything further to improve the design.

Minimalism is completeness. It is a frame of design in which there is a sense of tranquility.

Here, I am going to share my perspective about three frames of three of my most favorite architectural buildings which to me falls under this category.

Brion Tomb and sanctuary, San Vito d’Altivole near Treviso, Italy 

Brion Tomb and sanctuary in San Vito d’Altivole  in Italy is designed by the most underappreciated architect, Carlo Scarpa. A design Professor by profession by a Craftsman at heart. This frame with the two circles are believed to be the circles of unity and harmony between the man and woman. Scarpa has very delicately used the colours blue and red to assign the circles to man and woman. In this particular frame, the architecture itself is very inviting, the floating concrete step in the front is a big gesture of invitation towards the entrance corridor. The circle of unity invites your soul to freedom.


Housing complex in Novazzano, Switzerland by Mario Botta

Housing complex in Novazzano, Switzerland is designed by Swiss architect Mario Botta. The frame consisting of an inner tunnel which strikingly directional with the repetitive element of architecture which is somewhere between an arch and a doorway. A third quarter of a circular doorway is an unusual element to be repeated, if there was one more of one less of these in this frame or the tunnel it would hinder the calmness and completeness of it.


National Assembly Building, Dacca, Bangladesh by Louis Kahn

National Assembly Building, Dhaka, Bangladesh is deigned by American Architect Louis Kahn. This frame of the national assembly building is a mixture of geometric shapes that are found on different faces of the facade. These shapes add a dramatic impact to the composition of the frame/architecture. These forms are believed to be abstracted forms found in the Bengali culture. Light has always been an important element to Kahn, it is very evident in this frame how light enters from all directions kind of giving you a sense of direction. Light is used as an element that is the ultimate creator of space. The voids created by the columns and walls and the abstract forms are the actual frames that forms the space for light.

These frames are only the smallest possible part of the architecture as whole but they convey the calm and emotional experience of the building. In true sense it is the art of poetry conveyed through the tool of Architecture.

Due credits to anonymous photographers for the photographs used, collected via pinterest.

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