Monday, September 26, 2005

Hiren Patel
Monday, September 26, 2005
Architectural Theory I 4114
Dr. Carpenter
International/Organicist Style
The International Style was all about being homogeneous. Design solutions were not based on location, site, culture, or climate, rather they were characterized by a simplification of form, rejection of ornamentation, adoption of glass, steel and concrete, honest expression of structure, acceptance of mass production techniques, functional designs, and open interior spaces. Many of these elements were used be Le Corbusier in his designs for the Villa Savoye in Poissy, France.
As seen in the picture above the building is given a prominent location on the site. “…the site is bordered by trees on three sides…one catches the first view of the villa standing fifty yards away toward the centre of an open meadow. This attitude towards the placement of the building on the open site points out the fundamental difference between the International movement and the Organicist movement, and that is that whereas the International style gives prominence to the building the Organicist Style gives prominence to the site.
The Organicist Style shares many characteristics with the International Style, but they do differ in that the Organicist Style places a strong emphasis with design solutions based on the site.
Here in the picture of Fay Jones Pinecote Pavilion you see the strong emphasis on the connection to nature. The building blends in well with the surroundings; materials used to construct the building were locally available materials.
To summarize I believe the fundamental flaw of the International style was the disconnect between building and nature.


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