Nature and Architecture

I have been very lucky to be raised in a forest in France (don’t imagine I was in a jungle either, I still went to school and interacted with people 😉 but having lived as adult in few cities and since 8 years now London, I know how important it is to stay connected with the wild, the nature as much as we can.
It is incredibly soothing to be surrounded by greeneries, breath fully the fresh air, listen the calm sounds of the nature, feel the strength of the earth under your barefoot, watch the magnificent sky day or night… it may seems simple pleasures or moment, but I can assure you this is highly beneficial for your inner self.
Even at work, studies show that having lots of plants in an office decrease stress and have an impact on employees’ mood. 

This is why, the architecture of Friedensreich Hundertwasser is highly remarkable. He loved the nature, and believes the human needed to live in total harmony with it without subduing or dominate it. This is why he is probably one of the very few (if not the only one!) to reject the symmetry, the straight line which were for him ‘godless’. 

Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Kunst Haus Wien, exterior, 1985-91

Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Kunst Haus Wien, cafe 1985-91

He tried to create a symbiosis of the nature with the architecture, building around trees, undulating floor, windows, with splash of the spectral colors. The results may seem chaotic, unconventional but he was a true precursor for incorporating ecological commitment in architecture.  

Even if the climate convention taking place in Paris right now won’t certainly be very conclusive (as usual!) it is good to see that more and more architects (and the public in general) are taking the environment into consideration such as Paul Cremoux.  

One of his last examples is the Casa Nirau in Mexico City. He uses plants to moderate its own internal temperature, the rainwater is recycled, windows are large and facing south to benefit of the heating by the sun…
Visually, this is also beautiful, the lines are pure (lots of straight lines there! 😉 plus it produces almost all its own water and energy!  (pictures from

Paul Cremoux, Casa Nirau, balcony, 2015
                                                                  Paul Cremoux, Casa Nirau, exterior, 2015

Paul Cremoux, Casa Nirau, garage door,  2015
                                                         Paul Cremoux, Casa Nirau, living room,  2015

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