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What Is Organic Architecture, Anyway?

Practitioners of organic architecture seek to connect houses more closely with their natural surroundings. Here's how they do it Full Story
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Hey Sigrid, your questions are probably rhetorical, but I thought I'd reply anyway! -

I think the sail like thing in #5 you are referring to is the roof. The roof on the Bavinger House starts wide and low, and spirals upwards. At the centre of the spiral it breaks free from the walls and lifts upwards toward the sky. This helps to define the roof as a separate element, and effectively breaks the masses of the building down. When I visited, the roof seemed to float in the air which was a wonderful effect.

Pic#1 is abrupt, but I found it remarkably appropriate in its Albuquerque location. As I was spiked and scratched by the native vegetation trying to get that photograph the sharp and jagged lines seemed very appropriate. My impression of New Mexico was of harsh and jagged landscapes. The sharp lines also blend well with smooth curves in the centre of the building,

I included Pic#2 of the Ford Residence to show the locally sourced coal. That side of the house faces a street corner, but on the other side the house is all glass with views over a back yard. The house was built from recycled Quonset Huts salvaged from the Second World War. The ribs from these huts were arranged in a radial plan, which gives the house its dome like shape... oh, and the ceiling in that house is lined in hemp rope just as bimse suggested!

I have plenty more photos of these houses and some more descriptions of them on my website if you are interested.
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Thank you for the introduction to Fay Jones. I've been to Garvan Woodland (briefly), but didn't realize the connection.
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