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Japanese traditional Zen philosophy inspires the simplistic, natural essence found in minimalist architecture and design. Line, form, space, light and material are but a few of the essential elements central to this widely popular design aesthetic. Great value is placed on the absence of nonessential internal walls to open up a space and allow an organic flow between the structure's interior and exterior. This practice is believed to reduce all elements down to their core essential quality. Japanese architects like Tadao Ando, have translated this Zen concept through the use of materials, geometry and nature to create a poignant relationship between the natural environment, the site and its buildings. In this article we look at designs that stay true to the essence of this fierce minimalism in Japanese interiors.
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