Functionalism had presented itself as an ‘International Style’ promoting a strictly geometrical form-language that would fit all functions and circumstances. In the nineteen sixties and seventies however there arose a strong opposition against its uniform and rigid character. This led to seeking a more human scale, and the attempt to capture a regional character and openness to creative expression.

In this atmosphere a revival of Organic Architecture took place in which inspiration was drawn from pioneers like Frank Lloyd Wright and Rudolf Steiner. A synergistic blending of their ideas with local building traditions and individual creative impulses arose which blossomed into a rich diversity of regional approaches and individual expression. This clearly illustrates that Living Architecture is not a style but rather an approach to architecture that can give birth to an endless variety of unique and authentic forms

 

ING Bank - Alberts & Van Huut Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 1979-1987

 

Rudolf Steinerseminariet - Asmussens Arkitektkontor, Järna, Sweden, 1968-1992

 

TGV-Station Lyon-Saint Exupéry Santiago Calatrava, Lyon, France, 1994

 

Farkasrét Cemetery Chapel - Makona, Hungary 1977, Photo: Jan Derwig

 

Whiting Residence - Bart Prince, Sun Valley, Idaho, USA, 1989-1991, Photo: Alan Weintraub

 

Sekem Kindergarden Portus-Bau, Egypt, 1986

 

Lotus Temple, Fariborz Sahba, New Delhi, India 1976 - 1986

 

Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, Gregory Burgess Architects, Northern Territory, Australia, 1990-1995. Photo: Graig Lamonte