"Organic architecture seeks superior sense of use and a finer sense of comfort, expressed in organic simplicity."
Frank Lloyd Wright
The idea of organic architecture refers not only to the buildings' literal relationship to the natural surroundings, but how the buildings' design is carefully thought about as if it were a unified organism.
Basic rules for organic architecture:
- be inspired by nature and be sustainable, healthy, conserving, and diverse.
- unfold, like an organism, from the seed within.
- exist in the "continuous present" and "begin again"
- follow the flows and be flexible and adaptable.
- satisfy your social, physical, and spiritual requirements.
- "embrace and grow out of the site" and be unencumbered.
- celebrate the spirit of your youth, play & surprise.
- express the music in rhythm and the energy of dance.
Along with these ideas we understand how materials are used and how those materials are expressed staying true to their nature. Nature grows from the inside out so by using Nature as a basis for design, the building and design shall grow, as Nature grows. Many architects create their designs as a shell and force their way to the interior. Nature grows from the seed and reaches out to its surroundings. A building thus, is akin to an organism and mirrors the beauty and complexity of Nature. Everything relates to one another, reflecting the symbiotic ordering systems of nature.