17 Inspirational Minimalist Architecture Quotes

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“Our opportunity, as designers, is to learn how to handle the complexity, rather than shy away from it, and to realize that the big art of design is to make complicated things simple.”

– Tim Parsey


“The longer I live, the more beautiful life becomes. If you foolishly ignore beauty, you will soon find yourself without it. Your life will be impoverished. But if you invest in beauty, it will remain with you all the days of your life.”

– Frank Lloyd Wright


“The life of a designer is one of fight: fight against the ugliness.”

– Massimo Vignelli


“In pure architecture the smallest detail should have a meaning or serve a purpose.”

– Augustus W. N. Pugin


“The greatest architectural illusion is not Baroque fancy or Victorian flamboyant, but minimalism.”

– Kevin McCloud


“Any work of architecture that does not express serenity is a mistake.”

– Luis Barragán


“The fundamental failure of most graphic, product, architectural and even urban design is its insistence on serving the God of Looking-Good rather than the God of Being-Good.”

– Richard Saul Wurman


“In the face of the economic plight, it is our task to become pioneers of simplicity, that is, to find a simple form for all of life’s necessities, which is at the same time respectable and genuine.”

– Oskar Schlemmer


“There is a poetic nature to minimalism that is about striking a balance between full and empty.”

– Jennie C. Jones


“As we live and as we are, Simplicity – with a capital “S” – is difficult to comprehend nowadays. We are no longer truly simple. We no longer live in simple terms or places. Life is a more complex struggle now. It is now valiant to be simple: a courageous thing to even want to be simple. It is a spiritual thing to comprehend what simplicity means.” 
– Frank Lloyd Wright


“The sculpture is already complete within the marble block before I start my work. It is already there, I just have to chisel away the superfluous material.” 
– Michelangelo


“I believe that architecture is a pragmatic art. To become art it must be built on a foundation of necessity.” 
– I. M. Pei


“Forests were the first temples of God and in forests men grasped their first idea of architecture.” 
– James C. Snyder


“Less is more!” 
– Ludwig Mies van der Rohe


“A greater awareness in architects and planners of their real value to society could, at the present, result in that rare occurrence, namely, the improvement of the quality of life as a result of architectural endeavor.” 
– Cedric Price


“An interesting plainness is the most difficult and precious thing to achieve.” 
– Mies Van Der Rohe


“The structures were austere and simple until one looked at them and realized what work, what complexity of method, what tension of thought had achieved the simplicity.” 
– Ayn Rand


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