Wonderfully written, hats off. Architecture has found its way through philosophy as an embodiment of more than a functional of design but rather the atmosphere and the environment it embellishes. To look at the beautifully designed, yet out of place at the time, the Otaniemi Chapel designed by Kaija and Heikki Siren; they focused on simplicity and the use of natural lighting by complementing it with what would be perceived as a blocky-design, allowing an atmosphere of natural light to illuminate the chapel forming a perception of the individuals who would visit it later in time — the simple idea of not disturbing nature but simply existing within it. An ideology which would later be adopted by Glenn Murcutt as a design philosophy, an architect who is hailed as the master of light yet jokingly reminds to this day that he failed his ‘lighting study’ course twice, to craft masterfully built designs meant to reflect and embody natural lighting without disturbing the environment but simply existing within it; a dedication to the tradition of the Aboriginal people of Australia who follow the same belief of existing but not disturbing the environment they encompass, worshiping the land, utilising their intellect and understanding of the land to forge every tool which is biodegradable and forming the basis of back-burning to prevent bush-fires.
The architecture of giving rather than taking from the environment, a much more broader reflection of where we are today where modernity is pursued over simplicity; compromising the environmental impact for visually appealing yet displeasing to encompass architectural foundations.