Since 1908, Frank Lloyd Wright has used the word “organic” in his philosophy of architecture. Expanding on the teachings of his mentor, Louis Sullivan, he took this concept that form follows function and developed it into the idea that “form and function are one.”

Wright’s philosophy can be loosely translated to mean that organic architecture is a means of creating harmony between elements of nature and human life. This concept is becoming more important than ever as we shift to creating sustainable or “green” living spaces. In order to best apply this philosophy, the following three tenets should be placed at the forefront.

  1. Nature of the site – Respect the building site, and when erecting buildings or creating landscape designs, they should appear to grow from their surroundings.
  2. Needs of the client – The clients’ needs and enhancement of their daily lives should be a top focus.
  3. Nature of the materials – Work to understand the surrounding nature and use local materials as much as possible.

These three tenets are used as guidelines in the daily work of TMS Architects. We pride ourselves in creating designs that harmonize with their surroundings rather than compete with them. Our award-winning design from Wolfeboro, N.H., is a stunning example of how you can implement these principles. We designed this home and its landscape to blend seamlessly with the surrounding terrain, including a lake and lush plant life.

Organic architecture is more than a trend or a passing fad. It’s the result of a timeless philosophy that has grown increasingly important as we recognize and respect nature.

TMS Architects would like to invite you to browse our online gallery to see more organic architecture designs, and see how we can combine modern conveniences and green living concepts with stylized, natural designs. If you would like more information, please feel free to contact us today.