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The term minimalism refers to when something is reduced to its necessary elements, and in the architectural world, designers focus on the connection between two perfect planes, elegant lighting, as well as the void spaces left by the removal of three-dimensional shapes. PAN Treetop Cabins, created Espen Surnevik and Finn-Erik Nilsen, in Norway exemplify this. The abstract design allows these living spaces to blend seamlessly with its naturally forest surroundings. Read more for additional pictures and information.
These cabins, reinforced by steel braided cable, are elevated by four separate stilts, placed at precise locations within the canopy to ensure the living areas have maximum exposure to the sun. Rotational views provide expansive views of surrounding wildlife, as well as providing natural heating and cooling via the large glass facades. Outside, a winding staircase connects to the main living area through a small exterior walkway.
Minimalistic design has been highly influenced by Japanese traditional design and architecture, and the works of De Stijl artists – expanded the ideas of expression by meticulously organizing basic elements such as lines and planes – are a major reference. In home design, the more attractive “minimalistic” designs are not truly minimalistic because they are larger, and use more expensive building materials, along with finishes.