Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Integral structures found in nature

Weathered Birch bark found at Itasca State Park, Minnesota
photograph by versluis ©2015

This photographic close-up shows the decomposition of the thin Birch bark surface which has formed holes to let natural light in and become ornamental voids. The details suggest the functional and aesthetic philosophy of architect Antoni Gaudí (1852-1926) who found how the grammar of “natural and organic forms no longer simply comprise[d] a kind of ornament superimposed on the building but [can] go on to constitute essential structural elements” of architecture. (1)

  1. Cirici-Pellicer, Alexandre. “Gaudì.” Encyclopedia of Modern Architecture. Ed. Gerd Hatje. 1964. 119-22. Print.

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