The Sense of Scale in the Courtyard Houses

Marja-Riitta Norri 

Jørn Utzon’s design method was hermeneutic and intuitive. His chief assistant Mogens Prip-Buus describes the team’s work method in Logbook 1 (the Courtyard Houses) as follows: “….we didn’t work on the basis or around theories, we merely tried to understand a situation with all its elements and potentials and then to go on to find the solution that expressed it.” Utzon saw the deepest essence of architecture as comparable with a plant seed, which remains the same in its qualities through the changing times. In different habitats and circumstances similar seeds develop into different organisms... [+]

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