Some of the architectural design
principles on which our work is based:
Organon Architecture bases its design philosophy on the simple observation that architecture should enhance human life.
We achieve that enhancement when we build architecture that liberates the occupant; when we build spaces that open up to sun and landscapes and adventure; when we design spaces that flow easily and naturally and support all the good things in life…
… we don’t achieve it when, as happens too often, yet another decorated box appears on the architect’s drawing board, or on the draughtsman’s monitor. We should not be building boxes, whether decorated or not; we should be building space that liberates the occupants, and mould that space to fit and enhance the human lives who occupy that space.
At Organon Architecture we eschew the decorated box, and work towards design that integrates the architecture with the site, and the occupants with the world around them.
There are links below to articles and guides explaining our design philosophy in more detail. And, because all design operates in a wider context, you will you will also find articles and arguments about other aspects of life and living, including arguments explaining that if we are to truly enhance human life then the legal environment we work in here in New Zealand needs to change.
Enjoy the adventure!
Breaking the Box!
Breaking the Box, 2: Capturing the view alive …
Breaking the Box, 3: Freeing the New Zealand house …
Architecture: Putting Man in Possession of his Earth
Audio and Powerpoint excerpts from presentation to SOLO conferece, February 2003.
Architecture and Landscape
The Pope v Hitler
Frank Lloyd Wright v Palladio
Guggenheim v Guggenheim: The Battle of the Two Franks
Resource Management Act: Friving a stake through the heart of a monster
Resource Management Act: The Act is toxic. It must go!
Common Law – protecting property owners AND the environment
Submission to Ministry of Environment on Proposed RMA Amendments
Property Rights in the Defence of Nature, by Elizabeth Brubaker
Protecting the Environment with Property Rights: the K.V.O. Story
by Elizabeth Brubaker
Common Law: How it Protects the Environment,
by Roger E. Meiners and Bruce Yandle
More of Peter’s writing:
Frank Lloyd Wright: A review of the Ken Burns films of this titan
Something Better than Rage, Pain, Anger and Hurt Some musings on music
A(nother) Big Bang Boasting about some special musical experiences
You Smell of Goat or How Beer Built the West
Marking the Genius Wuicker How the West was rescued
Dont’t Cry for me Aristotle Clarification on Katharsis
Italian Idol A top tenor shoot-out
What’s the Big Idea? A bried introduction to the Frank Lloyd Wright’s mentor, Louis Sullivan