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  • 1 Modern – Organic/Expressionism

    The term “Expressionist architecture” initially described the activities of the German, Dutch, Austrian, Czech and Danish avant garde in the early 20th century. Today, the meaning has broadened to refer to architecture of any date or location that exhibits some of the qualities of the original movement, such as distortion, fragmentation, unusual massing or the communication of overstressed emotion. Organic architecture aims to create buildings that are a unified whole and are integrated into the surrounding landscape. Organic and expressionist architecture is sculptural and may be inspired by natural biomorphic forms, or by the possibilities offered by new technology. While many Ontario congregations chose not to build places of worship of the early modern and international styles, organic or expressionist architecture was a more successful fit with religious buildings. Ontario has a number of excellent examples of places of worship in the Organic/Expressionist style.

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