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Frank Lloyd Wright's Organic Architecture Compared to Mies Van Der Rohe's International Style

  • Date Submitted: 05/12/2010 02:55 PM
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I have always been interested in architecture and Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture has always fascinated me.   His architecture has always seemed ahead of its time and he has stood out as one of my favorite architects.   In addition I like the look of very modern architecture and during the class which covered Mies van der Rohe’s very modern and minimalistic architecture I became very interested in his architecture as well.   As a result, I thought I would enjoy researching a comparison of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Organic architecture with Mies van der Rohe’s International Style.
    Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture was first known as organic architecture by himself.   Frank Lloyd Wright in 1939 wrote, “So here I stand before you preaching organic architecture: declaring organic architecture to be the modern ideal and the teaching so much needed if we are to see the whole of life, and to now serve the whole of life, holding no traditions essential to the great tradition. Nor cherishing any preconceived form fixing upon us either past, present or future, but instead exalting the simple laws of common sense or of super-sense if you prefer determining form by way of the nature of materials...” (Frank Lloyd Wright The Natural House, p 3).   Organic architecture is a philosophy of architecture which promotes harmony between human habitation and the natural world through design approaches so sympathetic and well integrated with its site that buildings, furnishings, and surrounding become part of a unified, interrelated composition.   Organic architecture is also translated into the all inclusive nature of Frank Lloyd Wright’s design process.   Materials, motifs, and basic ordering principals continue to repeat themselves throughout the building as a whole.   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.   Geometries...


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