Total Architecture Philosophy

Total architecture philosophy in Crete, Greece
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What does “total architecture” really mean today? What does it mean, let’s say, after postmodernism? Whenever man imagined he had found “endless beauty“ he fell back into imitation and stagnation.

Total design is the synergistic result of constant growth, tradition and innovation. Its excellence must be dynamic, not static, to serve as an inexhaustible source of inspiration, comfort and well-being.

Furthermore, the concept of “total architecture” has taken on added significance in the context of sustainable design and resilience.

Architects are increasingly concerned with creating environments that not only minimize negative environmental impacts but also contribute positively to the well-being of occupants and the surrounding ecosystems.

This encompasses considerations such as green building practices, energy efficiency, and the use of renewable materials, reflecting a commitment to responsible and holistic design practices.

In the post-postmodern era, architects are also attuned to the cultural and social dimensions of design, recognizing the importance of inclusivity and diversity.

The idea of “total architecture” extends beyond the physical realm to incorporate social experiences and cultural narratives, fostering spaces that are not only functional but also resonate with the diverse identities and narratives of the people who inhabit them.

In essence, “total architecture” today represents a dynamic and evolving paradigm that embraces a synthesis of diverse influences, technologies, and sustainability principles.

It reflects an awareness of the interconnectedness of various design elements and a commitment to creating spaces that are not only aesthetically pleasing but also responsive to the complexities and challenges of the contemporary world.

Total Architecture is made by people and for people, their spatial experience, their psychological and physical well being. Total Architecture aims at exploring the essence of architecture in its inherent relationship with people, their desires, and needs.

A TOTAL ARCHITECTURE is by necessity an artificial system; such arrangements do not arise in nature.


The paradigm of this approach is the domestic interior completely detached from the chaotic pluralism of the world. A whole generation of remarkable architects—including Bruno Taut, Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright, Josef Hoffmann, Josef Maria Olbrich, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Hendrik Berlage, Peter Behrens, and Henry van der Velde—produced hyperinteriors that enveloped their occupants in a single, seamless multimedia garment.

Inspired by Richard Wagner’s mid-19th-century concept of the “total work of art,” in which different art forms would collaborate to produce a singular experience, these designers were eager to place the architect at the center of the process: the architect would orchestrate the overall theatrical effect.

Collaborative organizations of artists such as the Vienna Secession carried out an architectural mission; they would implode design to create environments with an extraordinary density of sensuous effect.

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