The 12 basic needs
After thousands of years with all different styles of architecture all ended up in the most simple form of the cube! The same form as the saltcristal and as dead as the Dead Sea and as uninteresting as possible! But also the experience of utmost freedom! Freedom to play with cubes, connecting and disconnecting, inventing your own interior, colours and furniture, materials and lights. And that’s exactly what happened afterwards! In the time that Mies van der Rohe build skyscrapers and Rietveld built his Mondriaan home, Frank Lloyd Wright designed the magnificent house on Falling Waters connecting inside living and outside nature.
And Herman Herzberger opened up the cubes to each other in the great office building of Centraal Beheer in the Netherlands so that people could meet each other and work together. From cubic cells towards open structures! And it was then that architecture could go forward seeking new lines and forms.
Although worldwide experimenting in the most different directions, new directions become clearer and clearer in the organic architecture, where connections between spaces are designed by tangents, as we also can recognise in the world of plants. Mathematically we’re not working anymore with lines and curves and corners (first degree) but with tangents (called second degree) that connect one direction with the other. One of the most beautiful buildings chosen by the public in the Netherlands was the headquarters of ING Bank in Amsterdam, also prizewinning as the lowest energy-using building of the world at that time!
Frank Lloyd Wright – Falling waters
Herman Herzberger – Centraal Beheer Apeldoorn / Netherlands
Alberts en Van Huut – ING Bank Amsterdam
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Architecture in the 21st Century – From Cubic to Organic, Social and Sustainable.
The cube is the most materialistic, the pentagon dodekaeder the most cosmic form when looking mathematical.
But design and creativity alone are not enough. Sustainability and the social issues on living together and also
the price/income questions are even more important. Architects from around the world were in Copenhagen this
month to talk about sustainability and the SDG’s.
Prominent researchers and practitioners across borders and generations discussed how they can design to combat
climate change, increase biodiversity and promote social inclusion. The congress concluded with the launch of the
10 principles for rapid and radical change in the built environment – titled “The Copenhagen Lessons”.
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Organic architecture in the 21st century
The iconic building of organic architecture in Amsterdam will be transformed into a small city of appartments, shops, restaurants and exposition areas. The former head office of the ING Bank is still a marvellous example for the architecture of the 21st century and is visited by many people through the years since 1985 when it was built.
In the transition from the cubic architecture of the last century – image of (dead) matter and materialism – organic architecture is the art of building structures based on the mathematics of the living nature.
Projective geometry is allround geometry and so it is the basis of all forming processes in the universe between point and infinity (see also our news article of April 2022). Not only in sculptures of cristal forms but also in the forming principles in the living nature of flora and fauna. And even so in the developing of the human being, organizations and the world as a whole!
We can see the transformation of architecture all around us in the world. Beginning with building structures of cubic buildings in an ever more “dancing” relationship with each other, forming highly interesting new living spaces and working areas! It shows us the transformation from the materialistic architecture towards the living architecture!
As architecture is not only a building principle in stone but also influencing the people who are living or working there or travelling and sightseeing, it also is a kind of mirror which can help us to work towards another world, towards the future we want. For instance: Triodos Bank for sustainable financing started with the help of people working at ING Bank. And Consumer360Academy has its roots in both banking institutions, connecting old and new principles of marketing and consumer-producer dialogue!