If you were an amoeba, your neighborhood was a healthy human body & your job was to travel around this body, what sort of day would you have?
There are no straight lines in Nature & this is never more prevalent than in the free-form organic machinations of Bio-organic architects.
Houses that look like mushrooms, that crawl across the ground like Moss. These extra terrestrial
living spaces that seem to have materialized out of alchemical spells gone awry are in fact very human & closer to the natural world than first appearances might suggest. Not unlike cellular growth, these houses are designed & built so that they follow the basic principles of nature. A House or living space to the Organic Architect should grow out of the natural environment like a plant or animal, & blend with its surroundings, not stick out of the ground like a foreign object.
These zoomorphic environments that incorporate fractal principles; that lean toward an alchemical geometry, are not only possible but a practical alternative to the increasingly inhospitable design of today’s living spaces. New materials such as sprayable concrete, fero-cement, paper-crete & foam core rebar combined with a system of inflatable forms are bringing these decidedly abstract freeform organic houses to life. This is a building system that affords structural design the ability to disappear into the wilderness so completely that it is not just bio-mimicry but symbiosis.
The freeform organic design movement, like most that fly in the face of convention has its advocates as well as its detractors. Bio-organic architecture has its roots in the works of artist architects Antonio Gaudi, Hector Guimard & Baron Victor Horta-all leading figures in the Art Nouveau movement. Later this tree would bear fruit through the works of Roger & Martin Dean, who’s anamorphic alien constructs were made popular by bands Yes, Osibisa & Rare Earth.
K.Kellog & Eugene Tsui incorporate a system of compositional hybridization into the software of their design processes creating post modern eclectic living systems that employ wood, stone & other natural resources into their aesthetic. Peter Vetsch a Swiss Designer who’s rap sheet reads like the hide of the Illustrated Man, boasts the largest number of built structures, having developed a whole community. Vetsch is the more conservative of the movement, & as such is most revered by the Architectural mainstream. His buildings are also the most publically accessible, given that he makes limited use of inner fixtures & furnishings, allowing the Resident freer voice in shaping their living environment.
The intellectual technology involved in the design & manufacture of these structures draw from the well of intuition & the subconscious. Its laws & principles based on a geometry of an inner mathematics who’s equations can only be truly realized through the Artist’s vision. This defies scientific analysis & the conventions of professional design. The curvilinear zoomorphic abstract shapes of its make-up contrast against the rectilinear geometry dominating conventional architecture, one of those exploding heresies that produce a paradigm shift that shatters the conventions of popular thought.
These principles are not just confined to the outer & inner structure of the living space, but can also be applied to the everyday mechanisms of modern living. The nature of these new materials & design philosophy, are such that they can be wrapped around a dish washer, or a refrigerator; A bathroom sink or vanity mirror. They can transform the banal & mundane into something quite majickal, encapsulating & enriching one’s life experience. The creator is truly limited only by the breadth & width of their imagination
Architecture has the most profound, immediate, and far-reaching consequences of any area of human activity. Whereby nature is the sublime thumbprint of a divine intelligence, Housing & Construction are the indelible stain of our species pursuit to control & to dominate our environment.
What Freeform organic design achieves, where no other building discipline before it has, is address our immediate relationship to our natural world. Where Traditional Architectural principles relied heavily on the display of dominance & power of humanity over nature, bio-organic engineering is its very antithesis. These structures are a part of nature & not apart from. It lets the natural world in, not close it out, so that human experience is in symbiosis with the living planet.
More importantly, these designs are not restricted to the eccentric grass roots owner/builder, they also appeal to the high end corporate market, piquing the interest of Big Government & Big Business. These aesthetics- like any good technology who’s time has arrived can be injected into the mainstream popular landscape. That is not to say that these very same aesthetics cannot be applied in a more conventional building plan. The versatility of this design concept is restricted only by imagination, budget & structural integrity of materials. In time these buildings will be the norm & not on the periphery & the architecture that litters the landscape today will be seen just as our ancestors’ caves are seen now, as archaic, primitive, & most of all-made redundant by a superior living system.