The theme that my partner Adam and I will be working on architecture and
the environment. We will taking a look at example of architecture that not
only fit or compliment the environment, they use the environment as an
established aesthetic in their design. To explore this idea, we will use the
example of Sedona AZ's city ordinance that regulates what can be built. All
buildings, commercial or otherwise, have to abide by a certain established
aesthetic that has been developed from the natural beauty of the landscape.
Here are some of the example of archetecture that we have started to look
Arcosanti - An unfinished facility in Arizona designed to provide its
enhibitants with thier own food and other staples. This "utopian" structure
uses the environment not only in design but also in its functionality.
Chapel of the Holy Cross- A non-denominational chapel in Sedona AZ that has
been built into the red rock that surround the town. The Chapel, an A-Frame
structure has been placed in a crevasse between two large rock. A large
(perhaps some 40-60 feet tall) cross fits inside of the a-frame and faces
outward overlooking the town.
Taliesin, Falling Water--Frank Lloyd Wright- All of Wright's work uses the
environment in which it was placed in a unique way. Taliesin, in Spring
Green, WI, uses Wright's Japanese influenced style of linear forms and
overlapping walls and roof tops to create a geometrically designed structure
that fits perfectly with the dense woods and green rolling hills of Southern
Wisconsin. Falling Water, in Pennsylvania, again uses similar design elements
to accentuate the environment. Falling Water takes this idea a step further
by allowing a river to actually flow through the house, exiting the structure
through a waterfall, hence the name.
My partner and I are looking for more example of architecture that uses the
environment in its design. A friend of mine told me that some traditional
Basque architecture uses this idea, but I haven't found any examples yet. If
anybody has any information on Basque architecture or any other examples that
would apply please let us know!! Thank You.