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The Art of Life - VALIZ Magazine

The Art of Life

VALIZ Samuel Zeller Berlin, Germany

 .. the new extra mile.

Minimalism in architecture, as in the quotidian living, accounts for all that is of the complex from within the space of simplicity.

Everything is taken into consideration.

From composition, complexity of the structure, the metaphorical symbolism and suggestions of spiritual transcendency, the elements and reference to a movement, an idea; and the personal expressions of the architect with the intent of giving its architectural design a presence.

Aestheticism plays a critical cornerstone in the art of creating life, on Earth, or elsewhere within the planetary system. Minimalism embraces all that is void of self-expressionism, and that which is found in the colours, the form, space and the chosen materials.

Blurring the boundaries between the structure and the space is most often overlooked when designing an conceived emptiness.

The comfort level of the structures are often sought in the relationship between the different aspects of the structure — living quarters, entertaining and work areas. Simple geometric forms are often projected as serial arrangements in such design completion.

Sculptor Sol LeWitt once wrote that “the most interesting characteristic of the cube is that it is relatively uninteresting.”

Industrialised materials, prefabricated or mass-produced — plexiglass, fibreglass, plastics, plywoods, aluminium, concrete, steel, glass, timber are returning materials that are often employed in the raw, pun unintended resulting in a charged neutrality, that engage and interact with the space it occupies revealing everything of itself, and least of the architect.

Simplicity is complex. It’s never simple to keep things simple. Simple solutions require the most advanced thinking. ― Richie Norton

Akatarawa Valley Home, Waikanae, New Zealand

Akatarawa Valley Home

Space Architecture Studio Ltd
+64 4 233 9906
11 Kakariki Grove, Waikanae
New Zealand

De Wet 34 – Bantry Bay, Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa

Built over four floors, the living areas are open-plan yet have distinct identities. A minimalist weathered redwood and grey-shale street façade opens on to a sculptural arrival courtyard which in turn leads to an entrance gallery. Dramatic volume, far-reaching views, sculpture and raw textures – rock, timber, concrete are the cornerstones, designed to form a canvas for the setting and develop a patina over time.


De Wet 34 – Bantry Bay

OKHA Interiors
+27 21 461 7233
109 Hatfield Street Gardens
8001 Cape Town, South Africa
Photography courtesy SAOTA

H3, Athens, Greece.

Photovoltaic panels have been fitted at the rear side of the plot for the production of electric power. H3 was constructed with eco-friendly materials. The design objective was to create a luxurious and ergonomic environment with clean lines and minimalist aesthetic.

The surroundings of the building have been decorated with wall sculptures created by the sculptor John Aspras giving the house a tint of abstract. The architecture, construction materials and technologies are all in line with the latest eco friendly products that are congruous in the construction of this highly dynamic, modern housing that is also environmentally friendly.



314 Architecture Studio
+30 21 3038 5811
Mpotsari 12
16675 Glyfáda

Feature Image, courtesy and copyright Samuel Zeller


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