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Oganic Architecture

F.L. Wright

A.Aalto

 

 

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"So here I stand before you preaching organic architecture: declaring organic architecture to be the modern ideal and the teaching so much needed if we are to see the whole of life, and to now serve the whole of life, holding no traditions essential to the great TRADITION. Nor cherishing any preconceived form fixing upon us either past, present or future, but instead exalting the simple laws of common sense or of super-sense if you prefer determining form by way of the nature of materials..." - Frank Lloyd Wright, An Organic Architecture, 1939

Organic architecture is a living tradition that is taking on new and exciting directions. It is not a unified movement but is diverse, perverse, contradictory, and mercurial. Always controversial and difficult to pin down, it is best experienced "in the round" with all one¹s senses by visiting real buildings.

Sometimes called "the other tradition", it has a long and celebrated history, from Ancient Greece to Art Nouveau. Organic architecture is rooted in a passion for life, nature, and natural forms, and is full of the vitality of the natural world with its biological forms and processes. Emphasizing beauty and harmony, its free-flowing curves and expressive forms are sympathetic to the human body, mind, and spirit. In a well-designed "organic" building, we feel better and freer.

Inspired by the non-linearity and creative forces of nature and biological organisms, organic architecture is visually poetic, radical, idiosyncratic and environmentally aware; it embodies harmony of place, person and materials. Organic architecture is multi-faceted, free and surprising. Yet its myriad images, ever changeable and overlapping, all grow and flower form the same seed--the inspiration of nature. Info source: www.ucpress.edu

       
F.L. Wright  

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falling water kauffmann house pic from www.architetturaorganica.org

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Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959)grew up in an America still very much influenced by the Jeffersonian ideal of an agrarian society. His abiding feeling for the land and his belief in man's need for a direct relationship with nature were essential to his concept of an "organic architecture"—what Wright envisioned as an American architecture distinct from the classical and Renaissance traditions. His antipathy toward European design was matched by a love for non-Western art, particularly that of Japan.

His poetic forms of the new modernism were the direct opposite to the cold austerity of the International Style. These two projects became icons for an America remaking its image into a technological, political and cultural powerhouse. Info source: www.architechgallery.com

 

       
Alvar Aalto  

alvar aalto pic from http://www.finlandiatalo.fi/en/architecture/alvar-aalto/

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Alvar Aalto (1898-1976) is considered a modern architect, yet his work exhibits a carefully crafted balance of intricate and complex forms, spaces, and elements, and reveals a traditionalism rooted in the cultural heritage and physical environment of Finland. Over the course of his 50-year career, Alvar Aalto, unlike a number of his contemporaries, did not rely on modernism's fondness for industrialized processes as a compositional technique, but forged an architecture influenced by a broad spectrum of concerns. Info source: architect.architecture.sk

Alvar Aalto was an anti bauhaus modern designer “immersed in his struggle against metal in furniture design,” in the 1920s. Aalto and his finnish business partner, Otto Korhonen, perfected the bent knee technique for their stool 60 and sold millions of them in the next decades.  for anyone who enjoys wood, working with wood and the beauty of it, bent wood remains a remarkable feature in furniture design.  aalto’s stool 60 and chair 43 were some of the early classics. Info source: franingram.wordpress.com

       

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organic interior by wright pic from http://memory.loc.gov/pnp/habshaer/wi/wi0000/wi0052/photos/171426pv.jpg

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aalto design vase pic from http://www.finnishdesignshop.com/alvar-aalto-savoy-clear-p-201.htmlimage source: www.finnishdesignshop.com

aalto villa pic from www.galinsky.comimage source: www.galinsky.com

aalto chair pic from www.furniturestoreblog.comimage source: www.furniturestoreblog.com

alvar aalto stool pic from www.bonluxat.comimage source: www.bonluxat.com

guggenheim museum new yourk wright pic frokm http://www.ucpress.edu/books/pages/9678/guggen.phpimage source: www.ucpress.edu

 

 

 

   
       
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a very detailed study on Organic Architecture: www.ucpress.edu

more about Frank Lloyd Wright: www.architechgallery.com

more about Alvar Aalto : architect.architecture.sk , franingram.wordpress.com

 

 

 

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