Discovering space in Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture

I’m a big fan of Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture, and I have my conference schedule to thank for that. At the 2009 SHOT meeting in Pittsburgh, one of the conference excursions took me to Fallingwater, which was the first FLW building I visited. I had already seen pictures of the building, which is why I signed up for the tour. While it of course does look spectacular from the outside, what you don’t get from the pictures is the feeling of space inside the buildings, of this particular relationship between the body and the room around you. The space simply feels right. This is where Wright truly excelled. Pictures can’t convey this feeling, at least not the ones I’ve taken.

ASEH in Phoenix in 2011 had an excursion to Taliesin West, Wright’s winter home in Arizona, and the 2012 ASEH meeting in Wisconsin gave me the opportunity to both get a special tour of his summer home in Taliesin and to stop in his Oak Park Studio and to see the classic Robie House in Chicago. Here are a few pictures from some of the buildings I’ve visited.

Fallingwater
Taliesin West
Taliesin West
Guggenheim Museum
Hillside Studio & Theater
Taliesin
Taliesin
Tree at Taliesin
Robie House
Classic cantilever
Oak Park Studio
Moore-Dugal Residence, FLW’s first independent commission from 1895. Redesigned and partly rebuilt after a fire in 1923.
Stained Glass
Our LEGO Robie House!

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