The maxim “form follows function” was born in 1896 when the American archi-tect Louis Sullivan wrote an article titled, “The Tall Office Building Artistically Considered.” In it, Sullivan discussed the needs of the occupants of big office buildings, which had begun to proliferate at the end of the nineteenth century. [..] It is the pervading law of all things organic and inorganic, of all things physical and metaphysical, of all things human and all things superhuman, of all true manifestations of the head, of the heart, of the soul, that the life is recognizable in its expression, that form ever follows function. This is the law. [...] Those highlighted words were defining for twentieth-century architecture and had an enormous influence on contemporary masters, either because they em-braced them (the Bauhaus school), or because they rejected them or introduced their own nuances (Frank Lloyd Wright). Some of the most renowned ideas of luminaries like Le Corbusier, who defined a house as “a machine for living in,” connect directly to Sullivan.

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