20 Beautifully Simple Minimalist Architecture Photos

By Jenna - 8 min read

See the winners from our Mission with We and the Color

In our recent Mission with art and design blog We and the Color, we asked you to show us the beauty of minimalism in architecture. Your submissions included loads of interesting colors, lines, shapes and more. In one week, you submitted over 45,000 photos! Our top three winners are featured on We and the Color, and our grand winner will receive a portfolio review from Matthias Heiderich, self-taught photographer specializing in minimalist, contemporary photography. Matthias also selected our top three winners from the Mission.

Congratulations to all of our winners!

1st Place


By Георгий Дорофеев (Georgij Dorofeev)

Matthias: “Great, clean composition, a refreshing color scheme, and an interesting minimalist building facade – What I love about this kind of photography is that sometimes it’s hard to tell whether I’m looking at a photograph or a computer generated image. But the subtleties make the difference. Photographs are never 100% clean. In this case it’s the shadow that allows the viewer to guess it’s indeed a photograph and not a cgi. It could have easily been cropped out by the photographer, but I’m happy they didn’t do it, because to me those little “mistakes” breathe life into minimalist photography and give it a human touch. This image is my personal winner – everything done right in this one, in my opinion.”

2nd Place

low angle view

By Trynidada

Matthias: “That’s the Maxxi in Rome designed by Zaha Hadid, isn’t it? I love that building. What a great capture. Clearly the reflection and the colors make this a great architectural photograph. The reflection of the older buildings in this very modern building’s window was well spotted and perfectly captured. Chapeau!”

3rd Place

Low angle view of structure against sky

By urban poetry

Matthias: “Another superb composition. The curved corten bridge is a great find and the composition is on point. I love that little white cloud in the first third of the photo. Also the color contrasts are great. I can almost feel the warmth of the corten steel. Very good work!”

All other Winners

Cropped image of building against clear sky

By Ralf

leisure games

By Marco Di Stefano

Low angle view of built structure

By Arno


By earthin

Low angle view of smoke stacks at factory against blue sky

By Reinhard Krull

low angle view

By Mette Bruus

Low angle view of yellow factory building against clear blue sky

By Barbara Spaggiari

built structure

By Arthur Ruiz

Low angle view of built structure

By Giovi G

Cropped image of building against blue sky

By Ralf

Low angle view of built structure against sky

By Jeremy Walter

clear sky

By André Dogbey

Window on turquoise wall

By Ralf


By Richard Song


By André Dogbey

low angle view

By André Dogbey

Low angle view of building against clear blue sky

By raset