• The ‘Living Architecture’ exhibition is set up as a traveling exhibition. Its range and composition can be adjusted to the available exhibition space and local wishes. A set core of projects guarantees the necessary thematic background and cohesion.
  • In its complete form, the exhibition needs a floor area of approximately 500-600 square meters.
  • The exhibition material consists of approximately 300 colour photographs of different sizes, 100 drawings and sketches, and 40 models, objects and chairs.
  • Each project is illustrated with 3 to 7 colour photographs, if available design sketches, a ground plan, and a concise project description.
  • Models are available for some of the projects. These are both study models by the architects and presentation models. Because of the duration of the exhibition and the fragility of the material, we have had to largely forgo original sketches and presentation drawings.
  • Furniture and other implements by those architects who have been active in this field, such as Alvar Aalto, Antoni Gaudí and Erik Asmussen, can also be exhibited. In some cases they can be actually tried out by the visitors.
  • Each part of the exhibition, theme or project is introduced by a concise text outlining the background information necessary to the section in question.
  • Exhibition texts are available in English, German and Dutch. If necessary the texts can be translated into the language of the host country.
  • Originally the exhibition had its own panels to which the texts and pictures could be adjusted. Due to high transport costs, it had to be decided to leave these out for its world tour. That means the exhibition is now depending on the available walls and panels of its venue. The exhibition still has its own show-cases for the models, but no more pedestals.
  • The exhibition depends on the local exhibition venue for lighting. Only the information columns have their own internal light. They require 230 Volt AC and have European plugs.


Catholic Theological College, Gregory Burgess Architects, Melbourne, Australia, 1998


  • The exhibition is an initiative of the Dutch Iona Foundation. It has been curated in collaboration with the Alvar Aalto Archives, the Càtedra Gaudí, the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, the Rudolf Steiner Nachlassverwaltung and numerous architectural offices.
  • Between 2003 and 2014 it has traveled through Europe under the title ‘Organic Architecture, nature and the human being as an inspiration for architecture’.
  • In 2017 the exhibition has been updated and substantially extended for the English-speaking world and given its new title ‘Living Architecture, balancing nature, culture, and technology’.
  • The exhibition can be loaned to organisations that can offer a suitable exhibition space and are able to organize the event. The borrowing party will have to carry the costs of transport, handling of the exhibition, insurance, publicity and if needed, the adaptation of its content and the translation of the texts.




Regarding the further terms of loan, please contact:

Iona Foundation
Herengracht 276
Telephone: +31 (0)20 623 33 53
Telefax: +31 (0)20 627 48 56
E-mail: iona@iona.nl
Website: iona.nl


Trollstigen National Tourist Route, Ramstad Architects, Norway 2012


Text: Prof. Ir. Pieter van der Ree, curator

Images: Unless stated otherwise, all photo’s: P. van der Ree

Webdesign: Stip.nl


Background: Central staircase Head Office Gasunie, Alberts & Van Huut, Groningen, Netherlands 1994


© Copyright Pieter van der Ree, Driebergen 2017


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