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Architecture within Nature

Above, project `Riverside house`.

Architecture within Nature, or Organic Architecture, is a philosophy of architecture which promotes harmony between human habitation and the natural world. This is achieved through design approaches that aim to be sympathetic and well-integrated with a site, so buildings, furnishings, and surroundings become part of a unified, interrelated composition. (Wikipedia).


We do Architecture within Nature for housing in open landscapes, corporate architecture, but also buildings within the city-landscape.

Architecture within Nature combines architecture, design, and art in 'one'. All are interacting within the surrounding environment.


Personal Projects/workshop

Below, we did personal projects in Architecture within Nature. Our inspiration/workshop from this is for our future projects in Architecture Design and Concept Art. The following projects would be in Switzerland, Australia and California, USA.

We did also a study-workshop on 2D-plan and 3D personal-workflow. Vectorworks, Archicad, and Cinema 4D for 3D-illustration.

Our personal approach to architecture design/workshop.


All following projects are copyright by On Nuea Art+Design, 2021/2022, Chiang Mai.



House on the Lake Tahoe

Idea-Project 2021 and 2022. First project for Architecture within Nature. We fit the house into the site as a digital computermodel.

House on the Lake Tahoe, USA. Personal project. Theme/inspiration: The house and interior should be peaceful and quiet in the surounding landscape. It should make the place better looking than without the house. Inspiration from Frank Lloyd Wright and John Lautner.

House on the Lake Tahoe, USA. Personal project. Concept-layout for the groundfloor plan. Two dining and living rooms, two kitchens, three sleeping rooms with bath, two guestrooms, and a gallery hall.

First we do a white mock-up of the house in the virtual computer-model.

Than we do the colors and textures of the house.


Model with texture and color. We model the house-design within the nature-environment.


For the second design-variation we do the same house on a rock-shoreline.

House on the Lake Tahoe. The second design-variation on a rock-shoreline.

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House in the Sierra forest, California

Idea-Project 2022.
Sketch on the i Pad for a two story house in the Sierra forest. The details of the house are inspired by the forest.

Small house in the Sierra forest, California.

House in the Sierra forest, California. First 3D-sketch in environment. CAD-Rhino.

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Riverside house

Idea-Project 2022.
Large house along a river in Australia. The house has a balcony on top the river.
Ideation-sketches. Large house along a river in Australia. Steelbridge over the river to hang the balcony on wires. Below illustration CAD-3D in the program Rhino.

The wing over the river is to hold the balcony with wires. Steelstructure with aluminium-panels. Inspiration is a wing from an airplane.

 Riverside, large house along a river in Australia. The steelwing over the river is to hold the balcony with wires.

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House on a mountain-ridge

Idea-Project 2022.
Weekend-house with a fireplace and two views,-the house is on a ridge. The house has only two rooms. The rooms are each combined with a sleepingplace. In the open center from the house is the bathroom, the kitchen and the eating-place.

House on a mountain-ridge. The house has a view on each side towards the valley below.

House on a mountain-ridge. Fast design-sketch for a sense of 3D-space.

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Light tower house on a seacliff

Idea-Project 2022. California, USA.

House with a light tower on a seacliff.

CAD-3D in planing.



Tilted office building in Los Angeles

Idea-Project 2022. Los Angeles, California, USA.

Tilted office building in Los Angeles, California. Inspiration: Eric Owen Moss Architect.

CAD-3D in planing.


Car Showroom

Idea-Project 2022. Los Angeles, California, USA.
We will try to do a `neutral` architecture-building,-to give the cars there good sales-display.
Car Showroom in Los Angeles, California.
CAD-3D in planing.

House same as a rock project

Idea-Project 2021/2022. California, USA.
CAD-3D in planing.


Cliff-House on the sea

Idea-Project 2021/2022. California, USA.

Cliff-House on the sea. Pre-project, personal project. Theme/inspiration: The sea is 24m (80 feet) below. The site is on a steep, rocky cliff in California. Inspiration from Frank Lloyd Wright, John Lautner, Morphosis, Coop Himmelblau, and Frank Gehry. The house and interior should be spectacular and a show-off in the already dynamic/wild surounding landscape.

Cliff-House on the sea. Personal project. Concept-layout for the groundfloor plans. Two dining and living rooms,-plus middle livingroom within the treespace. Two kitchens, three sleeping rooms with bath, two guestrooms, and a gallery hall.

CAD-3D in planing.



Corporate architecture project

Idea-Project 2021. Switzerland.
Volume study with fast 3d-surounding from Google Earth for a sense of the place.
This is a small concept study-project with SketchUp and Cinema 4D.
First ideation-sketch. Architecture within Nature for corporate architecture.
3D: SketchUp and Cinema4D.
Entryhall with tropical inside-garden. This garden can also be used as social activitiy space.


Tiny L-house, 50m2

Idea-Project 2021. Switzerland.

Tiny L-house in the principle of Architecture within Nature.

Pre-project, personal project. Theme/inspiration: Tiny L-house and the architecture of Richard Neutra and Frank Lloyd Wright's usonian house design. Project in countryside of Switzerland. Small house 50m2 with two rooms and one bathroom, but cosy. The house is off-grid, no electric but with solar. The veranda has a placed glas-skylight to let the wintersun in the house, and the more vertical summersun not.

Total floorspace is 50m2, including the walls. The house has a wintergarden for sunheat-regulation. It has an oven for heating and is off-grid. The electric is from solar and stored in a 1000 watt battery-pack for consumption. The materials used are bricks, concrete and outside insulation of 10cm. The concreteroof has 15cm insulation against the summerheat.

Windows are placed near the ground and near the roof to open the space and integrate the house with the surounding nature and sky.



Tiny house, 15-40m2

Idea-Project 2021. Switzerland.

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Personal Workshop 2022

Four designsteps for Architecture within Nature

Our personal approach to architecture design/workshop.
The same can be applied for the design of product design or concept art.
1. `from the inside out`. Before the start of the project: we do site-research, sketches and first ideations from hand. Moving around small bloc-models to get a 3D-feeling for the space. Until we find an idea/spark to follow.
We begin to find the roomprogram and mood/materialtexture/color in the interior,- `from the inside out`. Get inspired from the built environment and the nature for details, and try to think `virtually in imagination` about how to use the space. The experience to use the space and views/within the environment and proportions can also determin the designlayout.
Seven boards in A4 or in digital: 1. six pages ideation-sketch board, 2. moodboard (inspiration design www), 3. environment-inspiration board, 4. used-material board, 5. bloc-model board, 6. roomspace-diagram (bubble diagram), and 7. final-idea/spark board.
Board 1 to 7 can be printed A4 or in digital. Than we start with `2. Sketching in 3D-CAD` with the computer.

2. `Sketching in CAD`. Fast design-sketch in 3D space for a feeling of the space,-the surounding. We use Rhino/VRay and Vectorworks-2D for first plans 1:200. This step has not much details,-only the mood of the project in 3D-environment.

Today 3D-realtime programs like Twinmotion or V-Ray`s-ChaosVantage help to virtually experience the space before it exists.


3. Sketch-model from hand. Material paper, cardboard, metal and wood. Fast model for refinement of proportions and details. We think models are still the best to feel the space and to be creative. The models can be free in big or small scale.


4. Refinement in CAD. Refinement of plans 1:100/1:50 and details 1:20 in CAD-2D, and 3D-visualizations. Programs used: Vectorworks or Archicad,- as 2D-plan or Archicad BIM-3D.

The 3D-Visualization is in Cinema 4D or Rhino/VRay.

This is our personal workflow/workshop. We try to overcome the stiffness sometimes in the CAD process,-we try to stay creative, flexibel and openminded. We design `from the inside out`. Changes during the project can,- and will be made anytime.

Everyone has to find to `go their own way` to do design. We tried to find our own ideas with this personal projects/workshop. On Nuea Art+Design 2022, (subject to change).



CAD and model: (our workflow)

A- Rhino/Vectorworks-2D plan (pre-project1:200), 2D plan and 3D design. Rhino/VRay or Cinema 4D for 3D-visualization.
B- Sketch-model from hand (pre-project model).
C- Rhino/Vectorworks-2D plan (or sometimes Archicad). Project 1:100.
D- Rhino/Vectorworks or Archicad (construction-plan 1:50 and detailplan 1:20).
CAD-2D in Vectorworks or Archicad. BIM-3D in Archicad, if needed.
-  Rhino/Vectorworks-2D plan is our main design-/drafting-tool. We use it for our design-workflow (A and C).
We prefer Rhino/Vectorworks-2D for simpel 2D-plans 1:100/1:200 and Rhino as a tool for 3D-designing scale 1:100/1:200.

BIM-3D we only use in Archicad, if needed. Only for 1:100 project and 1:50 construction-plan.
-  BIM-3D-visualization we do with Archicad, if needed.
-  CAD-2D-plans we do in Vectorworks or in Archicad.

A. `Sketching in CAD`(pre-project CAD 1:200):

Sketchbook, PS, and Procreate for ideation and 2D-moodboard. Then 3D-CAD program Rhino/VRay for `Sketching in CAD`. This is only a working-CAD designmodel,-with no much details.


B. Sketch-model from hand (pre-project model):

Test/refinement with the help of a fast hand-designmodel from wood or paper,-the proportions, the space, and get again inspirations for detail, texture, color, and material.


C. Refinement in 3D-CAD, scale 1:100 (project):

Exact CAD model in 2d-plan and 3D (Rhino). We do start a new 3D-CAD planing in Vectorworks,-together with the help of Rhino for the more complex details (for.ex. landscape, detail elevation and -roof). Vectorworks (and Archicad) have a direct import for Rhino-data .3dm. Vectorworks is better because it is as Rhino a nurbs-based program.

Rhino/V-Ray or Cinema 4D is used for 3D-visualization.


Intern info formats: (Or SketchUp/Form Z, -->Form Z free (.dae) to SketchUp 2022. -->From SketchUp 2022 or Archicad (.skp v 2015) to Vectorworks 2021 or to Cinema4D for 3D-visualization.). Vectorworks to Cinema direct-link or better quality with fbx-format.

-  Vectorworks export to Rhino/VRay (Vectorworks export: FBX-als Klassen-, or OBJ). Vectorworks-3D to Rhino,-FBX,- open in Rhino7. Import rh7 to Archicad. This can be used to do sections and elevations. Better dwg to work on independent lines.

Info Vw-3d to 2D: 1.  BIM-3D designplan in Vectorworks/Rhino. > 2.  Export dwg-2D files from Vectorworks for model-reference,-click option 2d when export (and 3D-visualization .fbx for Cinema 4D). > 3.  Archicad or Vectorworks for CAD-2D plan. > Cinema 4d for 3D-illustration.


D. Construction-plan CAD-2D, scale 1:50/1:20:

For the scale 1:50-constructionplan we use CAD-2D plan drawings (mainly in Vectorworks) or BIM-3d in Archicad.

We do for details BIM bloc-models without the fill-textures. Textures/lines we add by hand in 2D-layout. This way it is less complicated for difficult corner-details, as this would be hard to solve in only BIM-3D environment.

ForBIM-3D-planing we use the program Archicad. The exportformats from us is PDF and DWG.

We use e-mail or Dropbox for send the files. The exportformats from us is PDF, DWG, and Archicad-BIM or Vectorworks-2D.

English: As long as there are no better BIM tools for floor-wall intersection,-we prefer to do it this way. But we can do it the normal BIM-way if you like. The hight for F.B. EG (finish first-floor) is +-0.00.

Deutsch: Solange es keine besseren BIM Werkzeuge für Ecken gibt bevorzugen wir die Eckdetails mit einer massiven Aussenwand zu machen. Die Überzeichnungen/Details der Wände sind in Layout,>Arbeitsblätter auf eigenen Stift-Ebenen (Layer). Wenn Sie wünschen können wir die Eckverbindungen auch mit der Mehrschichtwand in BIM/3D machen. Die Höhe für F.B. EG (fertig Boden Erdgeschoss) ist +-0.00.


Add On:

We try to mix media if we lose the ideas/creativity. Sometimes this help to get again new ideas and stay fresh.

- From Hand pre-project 1:200: We use a mix of pencil B to 9B, watercolor/guache, charcoal, blocmodels to fast arange/test the proportions and papermodels/woodmodels for a first impression.

- I-Pad and laptop: We use the iPad for resarch in the internet (archdaily, detail, google search). We than do moodboards and start to sketch with the iPad or by hand. On the laptop we can also do animations and realtime materialstudies to test,- all in a faster way than by hand.

- We set up roomspace-diagrams (bubble diagrams) and the study from the environment/surounding and the user/client of the design.

All this and the mix in designtechnic (from hand/iPad/laptop) helps us to stay creative and open minded.

'Follow the flows and be flexible and adaptable'.


Combination-sets software.

ArtSet and Sketchbook.   I   Rebelle, Photoshop, Illustrator.  I   Rhino, Vectorworks/Archicad and Cinema 4D.  

sketch, ideation                       Art, Illustration                                    CAD/BIM and 3D-Illustration  


For CAD-2D we use Vectorworks or Archicad,- with Rhino/Cinema 4D for 3D-illustration.

For BIM-3D we use Archicad. Bim only for project 1:100 or construction-plan 1:50. Case by case CAD-2D or BIM-3D.

We still do not like the BIM workflow too much,-as of today. But if needed we can do it in Archicad.



On Nuea Art+Design, design-workshop 2022 (subject to change).



Principles of Architecture within Nature

The term "organic architecture" was coined by Frank Lloyd Wright (1867–1959), though never well-articulated by his cryptic style of writing:

So here I stand before you preaching organic architecture: declaring organic architecture to be the modern ideal and the teaching so much needed if we are to see the whole of life and to now serve the whole of life, holding no traditions essential to the great TRADITION. Nor cherishing any preconceived form fixing upon us either past, present, or future, but instead exalting the simple laws of common sense or of super-sense if you prefer determining form by way of the nature of materials.

Principles for the planing of Architecture within Nature:

  • be inspired by nature and be sustainable, healthy, conserving, and diverse.
  • unfold, like an organism, from the seed within.
  • exist in the "continuous present" and "begin again and again".
  • follow the flows and be flexible and adaptable.
  • satisfy social, physical, and spiritual needs.
  • "grow out of the site" and be unique.
  • celebrate the spirit of youth, play, and surprise.
  • express the rhythm of music and the power of dance.
  • Fallingwater by Frank Lloyd Wright. The main inspiration in Organic Architecture is from the nature.
  • Monona Terrace Convention Center, Madison. Frank Lloyd Wright. It was built from the designplan of Frank Lloyd Wright. We did also participate in this project-, we helped with the layout and the construction-plandrawings for this building.


Project On Nuea Art+Design from back in the year 1997:

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