«One must be able to think in colors and forms as one is able to think in terms and thoughts.»
What is organic architecture?
The term organic architecture embraces a colourful variety of architectural approaches and expressions which developed in different places at the beginning of the 20th century. Pioneers such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Antoni Gaudí and Rudolf Steiner drew, each in their own way, inspiration from the principles of living nature. This often led to free and expressive forms. These where not meant as an imitation of nature, but to support people as living and creative beings.
Within the organic movement, architecture is not only seen as an expression of culture and society, but also as something that influences the inner and outer lives of people. In this sense, the human being is seen as a physical, psychological and spiritual entity, connected to its surroundings at all these levels.
At a time in which architecture is largely dominated by economics, technical possibilities and regulations, organic architecture strives for an integral approach that also comprises ecological aspects, cultural meaning and spirituality.
Organic architecture worldwide
During the last decades of the twentieth century organic architecture experienced a vigorous revival. A new generation of architects was inspired by the work of pioneers such as Wright and Steiner, but wed their ideas with local building traditions, new techniquesand their own creative impulses. In this way, a new diversity of approaches and forms of expression have originated worldwide.
These projects constitute the central part of the exhibition. Depending on the availability of exhibition space, a selection can be made from about 50 projects. They are presented in the form of colour photographs, design sketches, plans, models and a concise project description, when possible by the architects themselves.