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The late twentieth century organic style

Modern architecture had two parallel directions in the immediate post-war years: the functional, represented by the sleek, cubiform buildings of the international style; and the organic, represented by houses typically set in bushland, constructed from natural materials and demonstrating an affinity with nature. The latter ‘romantic’ school was greatly influenced by the American architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

The late twentieth century organic style is generally domestic, often found in unaltered bushland settings, exhibiting free massing, textured brickwork and roof planes with a horizontal emphasis. In Australia, architects such as Peter Muller, Bruce Rickard and Alastair Knox were the main practitioners through the 1950s and 1960s. Their houses demonstrated a connection with nature and were influenced and inspired by Wright.
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