John Pawson‘s architecture is not "stylishly minimalist". It is minimalist. There’s nothing wrong about repeating what experts have already stated. Adding an adverb won’t turn you into an architectural critic.
As Georges Clémenceau used to say, a sentence is made up of a subject, a verb and an object (he would add "Those who would like to use an adjective must come and see me in my office. Those who’ll use an adverb will be fired). I am an English to French translator. This means English is not my mother tongue and I’m not the right person to comment on English style. But I know someone who can: William Zinsser. Here’s what he says about adverbs in his bestseller On Writing Well (1976/2006, HarperCollins, p69):
"Again and again in careless writing, strong verbs are weakened by redundant adverbs. So are adjectives and other parts of speech: "effortlessly easy", "slightly spartan", "totally flabbergasted. The beauty of "flabbergasted" is that it implies an astonishment that is total; I can’t picture someone being partly flabbergasted. If an action is so easy as to be effortless, use "effortless". And what is "slightly spartan"? Perhaps a monk’s cell with a wall-to-wall carpeting. Don’t use adverbs unless they do necessary work."
He’s witty, isn’t he? He’s right though. We all clutter with adverbs. So let’s leave out those "exquisitely simple", "seriously stylish", "decidedly modern", "exquisitely sublime", "delightfully designed", etc. They don’t make you sound cool.
Cool is modern. Cool is minimalist. Cool is simple.
Cool is not stylishly bling-bling.
And while we’re at it, could we also get rid of the "probably", "potentially" and "possibly"? Don’t take it personally, I am allergic to weak superlatives. Let’s leave politicians and journalists to argue about what’s "potentially one of the best…".
Clients, readers, buyers, critics… They’re all interested in the same thing: getting the best. They want to be reassured that they’re getting the biggest, the greatest, the finest and the most amazing. If you’re not sure that your product is the best, then don’t say it.