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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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Andrew T Boyne Architect
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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drememon
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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Susan
I saw the comment about not needing as much storage space for books and things. I now have an e-reader, but my husband and I love books, and have 30 years worth. Technology changed, but after being married for 35 years, a lot of stuff has been accumulated. I have a "two year rule" for things that I have bought, but my husband saves "everything".
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Susan
Margaret Wakefield...I'm with you on the master bath...our bathroom is huge, but with so much wasted space. We didn't build this house. We moved to Washington in 2004...I wanted to be in the foothills, but still close to town. So it was expensive, but not very big. If we chose to live in the flatter areas north of the city, tsunami zones, or "out in the county", we could have bought twice the house with all the bells and whistles for what we paid for this one.
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makaloco
Zaz, I have like 300 Houzz emails. Will be back to the tiles soon. Thanks for thinking of me!
Oh, and a radio is another must. No idea why I don't have one.
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minename
I'm 63. So far it has been 4 major quakes (7.6, 7.4 and 2 over 6.0 with the many aftershocks), 2 tornados, 1 flood, 3 blizzards, and a fire in my apt. building. Of course these were all in different areas of the U.S. but anyone who does not prepare has either been very lucky, or hasn't thought it through. My plans include both stay in place ( if home is safe) and to vacate the city for my daughter's mountain property. If required to relocate I have 4 forms of transport including my own two feet.
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mntflwr
never heard of that..how do u make it?
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Kristin Vrieling
It's just a chai tea latte with a shot or 2 of espresso. It's AMAZING! life changing & good hot or iced.
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Cathy Henderson
I always sleep on the side close to the window, like air.
September 1, 2014 at 8:47AM     
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mary1028
Left. Always. My husband passed 14 years ago, and I still don't use the whole bed. Weird. 'Course now, the cats occupy a lot of mattress real estate :)
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Interior Affairs -- Vickie Daeley
No way
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Vanessa Tong Fine Arts and Creative Writer
Do you really need to ask?
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