We associate minimalism with intimate simplicity and attention to detail on a small area, but in actuality it is more than that. As far as architecture goes, there are plenty of well-designed minimal buildings which emanate elegance and natural beauty and are relatively massive at the same time. One of them is the Riggins Residence in Maryland, USA.
The house is imposing - it has a total surface of 4900 square feet - but it doesn't stop it from becoming one of the places where'd move in the blink of an eye. Thanks to a number of unique and clever architectural solutions developed by designers from Robert M. Gurney Architect, the residence has a contemporary, yet diverse look and feel.
It is very modern as its main structure follows the latest trend in minimal architecture - it's boxy and solid, with a distinctive shape and strongly accented edges. It doesn't feel out of place, though, because of large glassed-in panes and steel ribs that visually blend the house into the environment. The exterior doesn't not have a homogeneous finish as two of the volumes are covered in wood, while the other two sport matte finish consisting of black tiles.
The interior is as diverse as the exterior. A variety of styles and materials can be found there, from chiseled stone to ash flooring to marble counters. The inside is bright and lightsome thanks to white-painted walls and giant windows that allow the light to flow through freely. Decorators chose furniture in an array of shapes and colours. That way, they've achieved an interesting effect of irregularity as every chamber seems different.
Simplicity is noticeable in every element of the Riggins Residence - be it on the outside, or on the inside - and that's where lies the beauty of the house.