You want slate? You get slate. Waterfall kitchen counters? Done. Wood? Oh,yes. Hazelbaker Rush is an architectural firm in Tuscon, AZ, that knows how to make clean-minimal work in the desert. On the outside, the lower flower is covered in slate, making it look it it's a part of the desert landscape around it. The upper floor is stark white with highly rectangular windows. The slate is carried indoors and matched up with large wood panels. The kitchen features dual sinks and granite counters, the upper floor has a floor-to-ceiling shelving installation for all those books you have and a similar built-in in the master bedroom for all those fancy clothes.
It's only 38 meters by 19 meters on the ground but that doesn't take away from the light and soft persona. Built into a slope, two side of the structure are closed off to the outside yet the large, frameless windows let copious amounts of natural light fill the internal spaces and let the occupants enjoy the overlook above Rhine Valley and out to the Swiss mountains.
There's definitely a tiny house trend. It's very real and hard to ignore. Thankfully some aren't making tiny houses that only short people can live in. These are modern and are built to be minimal in all the right ways.
Facing the Swiss alps, the Montebar Villa is a prefab structure that fits the definition of clean and minimalist almost exactly. The southern face opens to the valley and can be opened or closed by way of a curtain wall. When open, the massive windows let in loads of light as well as keep those inside at least somewhat connected to the world outside without the elements.
This house is upside down.
Not literally. Let me explain. All the public spaces are above ground, with great views of the landscape and the world around. The private living quarters--think bedrooms--are below ground and a roof garden. With careful planning, this massive 8,000 square foot house seems smaller at first glance. The landscape has 130!! Coast Live Oaks and a 7-foot deep infinity pool that actually manages its way under one of the massive trees.
Living the Minimalist lifestyle isn't always about clean space and Jony Ive-style white-washing of everything. Minimalism extends into only operating with what's absolutely necessary. The tiny home movement is a prime example of such an idea. With space for a family of four (!), this tiny home sits on a 3-axle trailer and could be pulled by any medium-duty pickup truck. The wonderful butcher block counters and table accent dark floors and white shaker cabinets. One loft each flanks either end of the trailer space for the adults and kids respectively and the master loft features the same Beetle kill wood on the floor as what covers the ceiling throughout the entire space.