Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Fallingwater

An organic house.

Though its materials aren't necessarily eco-friendly, Fallingwater is indeed an organic house because of how well it merges with its natural surroundings. Glass isn't edged in metal frames; it's caulked to stone. The terraces mimic rock formations. The waterfall echoes throughout the house. "I'm designing a building to the music of the stream," Wright once told Kaufmann.
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3 comments:

Elisa said...

During my 1st semester of graduate school, our ALA student chapter took a day trip there. It was late October and not quite as scenic. Nevertheless it was still a wonderful tour of the house and the guest house. The Kaufmanns' bookshelves got our attention! (Did I mention this was a group of library science graduate students?) You can pass a half day or full day there.

Anonymous said...

This is one of the "sacred temples" to architects and (American) architecture students, as it is the masterpiece of that great American idol himself -- "Franky baby" as he is endearingly referred to!

I remember taking a drive out there with my niece (who was an interior design student at the time)about 16 years ago. We both thought it was even more beautiful than we imagined from our architecture history classes. Everything in the house is custom designed, including all windows, doors and furniture. The organic feeling that the article talks about is based in great part by the clever way Wright incorporated boulders right where they lay into the design elements: as the hearth for a center-piece fireplace; an interior garden feature -- to name the two that comes off the top of my head. The natural surroundings of the trees and stream make it a most gorgeous retreat!

elena maria vidal said...

We never made it there when we lived in Pittsburgh. Someday....