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Jillian Japka

  • Life House
    Minimalist icon John Pawson has designed a contemporary interpretation of Thoreau’s Walden. Life House is located among the hills and tall grasses of the moor in Wales. The floor plan consists of four wings projected from two long corridors. Each wing is thoughtfully designed for a specific function, enhancing the user’s experience within the room. Oversized windows bring […]
    2016.05.26Jillian Japka
  • Light Grain House
    In Osaka, privacy is of the utmost importance due to the dense nature of the city housing. Light Grain House, designed by Yoshiaki Yamashita, has the goal of privacy in mind. The façade of the home is almost entirely opaque, broken occasionally by a perforated metal grate that brings light to the interior while adding detail to an […]
    2016.05.19Jillian Japka
  • School in Vila Nova da Barquinha
    Designed by minimalist devotee Aires Mateus, School in Vila Nova da Barquinha provides a unique place to learn for some lucky kids. The structure was designed with the concept that schools need distinct spaces in terms of scale, proportion, and identity. Aires Mateus sought to establish these spaces through a series of void and occupation. The unique […]
    2016.05.12Jillian Japka
  • Maison Kamari
    Maison Kamari is an elegant white home on the island of Paros in the Greek Aegean Sea. Designed by Natasha Deliyianni and Yiorgos Spiridonos of React Architects, this dwelling promotes a lovely balance between ancient island and modern architecture. From afar, the structure is defined by tall white walls and sharp angles. Small windows and covered terraces protect from the […]
    2016.05.05Jillian Japka
  • Casa Touguinhó III
    Casa Touguinhó III is an extraordinarily elegant white home set in the hills of a village in Portugal. Portuguese architects Raulino Silva Arquitecto designed this family dwelling to work with the surrounding landscape. On the exterior, bright white walls are not only a gorgeous aesthetic choice (and minimalist’s favourite) but the light façades reflect the Portuguese sun, keeping the home cool […]
    2016.04.28Jillian Japka
  • Flos Stand x VVD
    At this year’s Light + Building Fair, architect Vincent Van Duysen paired with lighting group Flos to construct a pavilion that is both eye catching and understated, and most importantly, highlights the unique Flos fixtures on display. Van Duysen speaks on the Flos Stand: Thanks to cutting-edge technologies and unique design approach, the relationship between light […]
    2016.04.21Jillian Japka
  • Renovation in Akasaka
    Renovation in Akasaka is a loft-style apartment that has been remodelled into a minimalist haven. The original structure, built in the 1970’s, had low ceilings and many walls dividing the various rooms. The designers, FrontOfficeTokyo, removed these elements to open up the space. The residence now features an open floor plan, and the high ceilings reveal exposed beams […]
    2016.04.14Jillian Japka
  • Villa V3
    Scandinavian design is a movement defined by its simple functionality. Villa V3, located in Denmark, is a gorgeous example of Scandinavian design’s presence today. Clean lines, accessible materials, and a great flow of space turn this residence into the ideal modern dwelling. Architecture firm Ardess meticulously designed Villa V3 to achieve the perfect balance of private and public space. The […]
    2016.04.07Jillian Japka
  • PLK12A
    PLK12A is a lovely apartment residence that embraces a monochrome colour palette. Designed by Moscow-based architects M17, this interior proves that the best colour is often a lack of colour. PLK12A starts with a strong concrete foundation which is contrasted with dark wood and black and white accents. This juxtaposition is best observed in the kitchen, where white […]
    2016.03.31Jillian Japka
  • Brasília Revisited
    Brasília, Brazil’s planned architectural capital, is a combination of design efforts from Oscar Niemeyer, Lucio Costa, and Burle Marx. The visionary city is full of sweeping curves and unique forms bound together by long expanses of parks and fountain-filled pools. Bruno Candiotto‘s photo series, Brasília, captures the sublime nature of the city’s architecture, accurately portraying the capital as a […]
    2016.03.24Jillian Japka
  • Merrydown
    Minimalist architecture often consists of geometric designs featuring a plethora of white. While many gorgeous examples of minimal design fall within this description, I am always excited when one does not. Merrydown is a residence located in London and designed by the local firm McLaren Excell. While there is a good presence of white in this structure, […]
    2016.03.10Jillian Japka
  • Loft Apartment
    Loft Apartment is a powerful residential renovation in Melbourne designed by Australia’s AAArchitects. A space that is almost too striking for words, Loft Apartment is a sea of monochrome with an all-consuming feature: the addition of curvilinear forms. The swerved, twisted, and arched walls transform the white spans of plaster into a structure that feels closer to art than […]
    2016.03.03Jillian Japka
  • Setouchi Aonagi
    Tadao Ando, champion of minimalist architecture, has completed this intimate retreat on the island of Shikoku in his home country, Japan. The seven room hotel, called Setouchi Aonagi, provides a calming and refreshing environment through its luxurious yet minimal aesthetic — an aesthetic that Ando has perfected. Ando’s signature design elements fill the structure; the large expanses of […]
    2016.02.25Jillian Japka
  • Photographer’s Weekend House
    The Photographer’s Weekend House, designed by General Design, is located on the beachside of Kujūkuri, Japan. The one-story home has a gallery-like feel due to the large, open rooms and sparse furnishings. The defining feature of this home is a stretch of four courtyards arranged in a central, cross-like pattern. The courtyards bring plenty of the outdoors in, as well […]
    2016.02.18Jillian Japka
  • Garden Chapel
    The illuminated pentagon of the Nanjing Wanjing Garden Chapel stands isolated and bright, like a lighthouse calling its ships home. The chapel, designed by AZL Architects, is placed on a riverbank site in Wanjing Garden, a park in the city of Nanjing, China. Once inside, one is struck by an overwhelming lack of colour; white is abound. Despite initial […]
    2016.02.11Jillian Japka
  • Casa Encallada
    On the rocky beachside of La Boca Beach Tunquén in Chile sits the handsome Casa Encallada. The home, which was designed by WHALE! Architecture, also based in Chile, is defined by its relationship to the landscape. The layout is comprised of two intersecting volumes which are derived from the topography of the site. The home is constructed entirely […]
    2016.02.04Jillian Japka
  • Casa V
    Abraham Cota Paredes has completed the lovely Casa V in Jalisco, Mexico. The home design aims to create serenity and a connection with nature in a site that is surrounded by urbanity. The main feature of Casa V is a central patio, complete with tree and reflecting pool. The courtyard physically and visually unites the various areas of the […]
    2016.01.28Jillian Japka
  • Les Perseides
    Atelier REC architecture has designed an unprecedented school with curvilinear forms and a dazzling façade. Les Perseides is a collection of 15 classrooms for the Blagnac School Group in the modern eco-neighbourhood of ZAC Andromeda, France. REC explains the intention of the design: [The school] marks the lasting urban ambition of architectural complex revolving around concepts between an open landscape and […]
    2016.01.21Jillian Japka
  • Raumplan House
    The newest member of the applauded portfolio of Alberto Campo Baeza is a stunning geometry in white. Raumplan House was completed in 2015 in Madrid, Spain. The design took an allotted 12×12 meter site and divided it into four squares. These segments form the basis for the structure and each detail is formulated around them. The layout of […]
    2016.01.14Jillian Japka
  • Casa Garcias
    Warm Architects has designed a handsome and well-balanced geometric home in the increasingly popular city of Cancun, Mexico. Casa Garcias is a moderately sized dwelling that appears as a small cube resting atop a larger one. Concrete is the first material on the home to greet you; it covers a main portion of the façade, turning into […]
    2016.01.07Jillian Japka
  • C_29 / Optimist
    314 Architecture Studio has designed a modern eyewear store in a crumbling building in the town of Chalkida, Greece. The store, C_29 / Optimist, was designed with the concept of a gallery space to showcase the eyewear for sale. The structure appears as a floating cube squeezed between two aged brick walls. Remnants of the old building are apparent; exposed […]
    2015.12.31Jillian Japka
  • Sophia Suites
    The supremely elegant Sophia Suites is located on a seaside cliff on the picturesque island of Santorini. Photographed by the talented Sara Medina Lind, this luxury hotel packs minimal and modern design in a traditional package. The resort’s architecture is in keeping with the traditional designs of the island. White washed walls pair with arched doorways and windows, all backdropped […]
    2015.12.24Jillian Japka
  • Zamora Offices
    Situated across from a traditional cathedral in the Spanish town of Zamora is the ethereal Zamora Offices. Designed by the acclaimed Alberto Campo Baeza, this noble project is the recent winner of the 2015 BigMat International Architecture Award. The building is delightfully simple, a true successor of the work started by post-industrial revolution architects. All unnecessary structure is removed, stripping the […]
    2015.12.17Jillian Japka
  • Collection Lambert Extension
    Completed in 2015, the extension of the Collection Lambert in Avignon is an expansion to a traditional mansion turned museum in Avignon, France. Designed by Paris based architects Berger&Berger, the extension was needed to hold Yvon Lambert’s ever-growing contemporary art collection, which includes pieces by Cy Twombly and Donald Judd. Berger&Berger’s design adds gallery space while connecting the old and […]
    2015.12.10Jillian Japka