Minimalism is a huge trend at the moment and we’ve noticed a strong synergy between its characteristic simple and natural aesthetic and eco-friendly architecture!
Minimalism is all around us. You can see it in the sleek design of your favourite website; the stripped-back menus at trendy restaurants; and all over Instagram, where the hashtag #minimalism has close to 12 million posts.
Put simply, minimalism is about distilling a design down to its bare essentials. From the chic and discreet décor at Soneva Jani in the Maldives, which channels Scandinavian restraint; to the crisp, white bathrooms at Tokoriki Island Resort in Fiji; it’s a hot trend within the world of resort architecture.
The concept of ‘less is more’ is particularly true when it comes to eco-friendly resorts, where the beauty of the natural environment is the focus. Understated architecture and interior design allow a resort’s surroundings to shine.
In many cases, it is the local environment that actually drives a resort’s aesthetic. Take Bawah Reserve for example, where architect, Sim Boon Yong, took inspiration from the natural terrain of the Anambas Islands. Not only does his holistic, sustainable design ensure there’s minimum interference with the local environment, the resort fuses seamlessly with its backdrop, through the use of ethically and locally-sourced materials including bamboo.
According to Lecturer in Architecture at Griffith University, Jessica Harris, a resort’s simplicity allows for the landscape to be the focus and for the building to immerse within it.
“Minimalism as the reduction of form and materials is enriched in these instances by the embodiment of critical regionalism, which is the celebration of natural materials local to the region and forms that premise a simple spatial experience. These restrained and considered conditions create harmony for both the user and the local environment,” she said.
“These instances of resort architecture hark back to first principles in design and are inherently of the region in which they occupy. Restrained use of natural materials, simplified form and considered planning allows the architecture to harmoniously merge with the natural surroundings.”