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THE BLOSSOMING OF ORGANIC ARCHITECTURE

At its roots, Organic Architecture is the original style of structure for humankind. Over the centuries, its methods and ideals developed due to a wealth of creators.

However, beginning in the late 1800s, it came into its own through Frank Lloyd Wright. Still today, architects design according to his teachings. Also, his philosophies have spurred others to take his concepts and add their own unique flares to them.

Simply put, Organic Architecture is nature and structure coming together as one: not destroying the land, but incorporating it into the overall design. In essence, the structure appears as if it is growing from the landscape.

Organic Architecture is site-specific. This means that if the structure were somehow picked up and placed elsewhere, it would not fit into the area. In fact, some works even use the landscape itself — such as rock outcroppings and trees — as part of the structural and ornamental design. With this style, an architectural work is intended for one place and one place alone.

 

Organic Architecture is also client-specific. The design is based on the then-and-now for that particular customer. Form follows function. Just as a structure fits into its natural surroundings, people must fit into their constructed surroundings. Therefore, Organic Architecture is not meant to belittle the client. Instead, the client should be made to feel like a part of the design.

Natural materials and neutral colors are necessary to Organic Architecture in order to emphasize the unity of nature. Stone and wood are commonplace, but glass is a main priority. Glass blends the interior with the exterior, creating a sense of harmony. The goal is to provide the sensation that a person is outdoors while they are indoors.

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