Toronto – Canada

 

Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous design, Fallingwater, in Pennsylvania. “A sense of space. There is nothing more important and that is the sense of the new architecture… the space within. That is the new thought; that which we call organic architecture, to which I have devoted my life.” – Frank Lloyd Wright

 

Fallingwater House

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Masterpiece

 

                                           

A Great Landmark In Architectural History And Design

 

The result of Frank Lloyd Wright’s work was a series of cream concrete terraces, cantilevered out over the waterfall, facing in different directions to take advantage of the moving sun and the views. He saw the tremendous opportunity for architecture to blend with nature.

 

 

When viewing Fallingwater house, I can’t help but speculate that if architecture were poetry, this would be akin to a timeless poem, integrating the beauty of nature married to an otherworldliness that I could only describe as a veil being removed from my eyes… as though I’m viewing poetry through the language that Frank Lloyd Wright speaks. Wright introduced the world to organic architecture, to which there is no parallel. 

 

The materials used in the design go harmoniously together, as well as the paint colors that he chose which were also inspired by the surrounding nature.
Frank Lloyd Wright (1867 – 1959), a great Welsh architect, who, at the time, was almost 70 years old, working at the height of his career is quoted as saying he “would like to design without order, without posts, without beams.”

 

Fallingwater is an architectural masterpiece designed by renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright, built in 1937.  Located in the Laural Highlands in western Pennsylvania, it was built for E.J. Kaufmann and his wife Lillian.  Positioned directly above the waterfall that the family loved so much, Mr. Wright seemed to see the enormous rock cliffs that had allowed the water to cascade into expansive waterfalls, rendering the poetry that would echo in the design of Fallingwater house. Taking into consideration the family’s appreciation for art and fashion, Frank Lloyd Wright understood he was designing a home with a story. 

 

It is said that the Fallingwater house is the perfect marriage between several elements, various ideas, various emotions, various materials, and a piece of difficult and wonderful landscape.

 

Upon approaching this architectural marvel, the rush of water takes over your senses, becoming the iconic reminder of nature, and can be heard throughout the house, regardless of which room you are in.  Many pools surround the home, integrating the beauty of the view and of the function, as though the water is an element of fundamental living.  The continuity of the site in terms of position, shape, and materials, such as rock face and expansion of building layers, are as important as the projections of each level.  One side of the house was molded to the landscape, the other was open to its vast and powerful views, seemingly suspended in mid-air, as though the building itself is an extension of the actual hillside, with water trickling into the stream as it continues its path in nature.  The house appears to seamlessly assimilate into the organic growth of nature itself.  The incline from east to west assures natural sunlight in almost every room of the house. Even the bullnose finishes of the stucco have allowed for the elements to gently flow over and through the external building with minimal wear.  Constructed of concrete, glass ribbon casement windows, steel beams and natural stone, the house is completely organic.

 

Ribbon casement windows, another design introduced by FLW, delivered a picturesque view of the property from any angle. With steel sashes that practically float into the walls and no blinds or curtains to distract from the view, the soaring windows welcome the outside in.

 

Throughout the design, we find attention to aesthetic and function.  Fixed furniture guaranteed the home would be experienced as it was designed to be lived in.  It’s no mistake that the furniture design aesthetic echoes the design of the exterior. 

 

Windows retract to expose a staircase that takes you to the waterfall, the catalyst of Fallingwater. Pools are located throughout the house, making swimming accessible from all levels, creating a way of life.

 

In 1991 Fallingwater was voted “The Most Important Building in the Past 125 years” by the American Institution of Architects.  In 1963 E.J.’s son, Edgar Jonas Kaufmann Jr, entrusted Fallingwater to the Western Pennsylvania Conservatory. 

 

Even this tiny kitchen seems to float into the wilderness; Wright’s floor to ceiling ribbon windows and natural stonework lend to the house’s organic nature.

 

A local contractor oversaw the concrete and stone construction work. The stones were cut from an old quarry just west of the falls. All labor was from local workmen.

 

Mr. Wright believed that the fireplace was the centerpiece of the home. The hearth here springs directly from the natural setting.

 

 

 





One Response to “MANSIONS & MILLIONAIRES – Fallingwater House: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Masterpiece”

  1. Rose Dyson | 05.20.19 at 11:27 AM said…

    Love it! Verey interesting.

 

 


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