frank lloyd wright // DESIGN HISTORY

Frank Lloyd Wright is one of the most recognized American architects.  He was a prolific designer with a long career, building over 1,000 structures during his 70 years as an architect.  While he is best known for his Prairie-style homes from the early 1900s, he also experimented with other styles, such as the textile-tiled Storer House in Los Angeles and the iconic Fallingwater in the Pennsylvania forest.

 PARALLEL LINES-WOOD SCREENS

Charnley-Persky House + Nozomi Sushi Bar

Many of Frank Lloyd Wright’s interior designs included wood screens to separate spaces and allow diffused light to enter an deep into an interior.  He may have been influenced himself by the screens found lining the stairs in Voysey’s English Arts & Crafts-style Orchard House.

The screens in this modern restaurant interior in Spain allow separation of spaces while still allowing light into the interior of the space.  The light colored wood also adds movement and visual interest to the otherwise minimal interior.

HIDDEN ENTRYWAY

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Oak Park home + Design in Tel Aviv

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie designs often featured horizontal structures with hidden entryways.  His own home & studio looks like a group of buildings from the street, rather than one single home.  

The front door of this Tel Aviv home blends seamlessly into the rest of the front façade of the structure.

FALLINGWATER

Fallingwater is perhaps Frank Lloyd Wright’s most polished design.  Its many terraces and natural stone mimic the forest that surrounds it.

This modern Austin home was clearly influenced by the iconic structure, featuring several waterfalls, light stone masonry, a close relationship between the interior and many terraces that overlook the multi-leveled pools in the backyard.

FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT’S GUGGENHEIM NY

In 1943 Guggenheim wrote to Wright asking if he would help design a museum to house the large Guggenheim art collection.  Wright accepted and then spent the next 15 years, 700 sketches and 6 draft drawings before coming up with the final design.   The building was completed in 1959 just after Wrights’ death.

Rem Koolhaas’ Faena Forum cultural center is still under construction, but the center, made up of one circular and one cube-like building, is reminiscent of Wright’s Guggenheim in New York.  The rounded concrete, patterned windows that wind around the building and interior oculus are all features found in both public buildings.

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JAPANESE INFLUENCE

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Meyer-May House + This Sydney Home

Frank Lloyd Wright was influenced by classic Japanese design and incorporated its elements into many of his buildings, having first traveled to Japan in 1905.  He not only studied Japanese architecture but also dealt in Japanese wood block and other art.

This Sydney home also incorporates the Japanese style including sliding screens and wide exterior stairs leading into a minimalist garden.  The home also features floor-to-ceiling doors and windows, large overhangs, interior ceiling treatments that differ from the style of the exterior – all elements common to the Prairie Frank Lloyd Wright home.

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