Organic poetry

Rejecting the rigid scope of the right-angle, the organic trend has recourse to walls rolled out in sweeping curves or connected at obtuse angles. These non-orthogonal partitions open rooms out onto each other and create diversified interior landscapes.

Buildings harmoniously fit in with the landscape through the interplay of freely laid out volumes. New structures are born: shells and carapaces inspired by nature or primitive forms such as that of the tent.

The architect Jacques Dupuis is one of the most talented representatives of the organic trend in Belgium.

As its architect writes, the interest of this relatively modest residence lies in the succession of the different interior spaces, designed for a slow and thoughtful progression, a measured and deep respiration, an accurate awareness of the house’s emotive value: a shelter and universe that stimulates the mental faculties (Architecture, issue 39-40, 1961).

High triangular roof sections give this church the unusual appearance of an enormous tent, a type of shelter of great symbolic richness. Inside, the slopes of the ceiling make one think of a gigantic open book, laid out above the congregation.