- By Princess
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The Minimalist design trend: Less is more, is something we haven’t really gotten over with, not just yet. Minimalism is about designers expressing only the most essential and necessary elements of a subject by getting rid of excessive, unnecessary components and features making spacious areas reducing them to such simplicity to attain their essential nature.
These Minimalist design trends have been embraced by many offices around the world that aims to retain simplicity in the office and provide a spacious area for its employees.
In this blog, we’ll take you to Central Tokyo’s Kenzo Tange-designed Sogetsu Kaikan building where minimalism is a big influence on the design trend plus drawing inspiration from the exterior aesthetics of the building designed by the renowned Architect.
Kenzo Tange was a Japanese architect, and winner of the 1987 Pritzker Prize for architecture. He was one of the most significant architects of the 20th century, combining traditional Japanese styles with modernism, and designed major buildings on five continents. The design team that took the project also resides on the same building that Tange designed. Nendo means “clay” in Japanese. Headed by Japanese designer and architect Sato Oki, the design team has already received several international credits through their exceptional work.
The particular floor that was previously an arts center transformed into a minimalist office that replicated elements of the exterior of the arts center with its office interiors, featuring mirrored panels and doors just like the building’s façade.
The building’s L-shaped corridors are flanked by mirrored sections framed in black, which echo the building’s aluminum window frames. Pale wooden floors change grain to indicate the relative position of the center’s exterior reflective wall. It’s like stepping into a maze, a house full of mirrors. Led light strips on ceiling is used for additional lighting apart from the huge windows that let natural light in are also used for wayfinding.
White, black and grey colors often associated with minimalism served as the backdrop of simplicity on the work space. Simplicity in the space can also be reflected on the furniture used like chairs and tables in dark grey colors including wall installations that add interest to bare white walls.