Frank Lloyd Wright designed a
house mansion overlooking a natural waterfall in the late 1930s. A magnificent creation, at the top of a waterfall. Fallingwater was commissioned for the Edgar J Kaufmann family crazy about the Bear Run waterfall. While this house is 70 years old it would happily stand next to 2007 homes and win hands down. Remarkably futuristic in design and material. Looking at the video linked below, it was hard not to feel completely overwhelmed by beauty and nature surrounding… and with all that glass expanse, man… but inside it felt incredibly intimate and quiet.
The building epitomises Frank Lloyd Wright’s concept of organic architecture, which promotes harmony between man and nature through design so well integrated with its site that buildings, furnishings, and surroundings become part of a unified, interrelated composition. The result is a feeling that the mansion and waterfall is indeed, symbiotic, lending and borrowing depth and beauty to each other.
One of the best movies I’ve seen in a long time only lasts about 3 minutes. Eterea Studios created a CGI reenactment of the building and construction of Fallingwater. A total must see.
Fallingwater is the only great Wright house open to the public with its setting, original furnishings, and art work intact. I’d love to see it all, savour good design and nature in glory, whilst perusing the family’s treasured artwork and furnishings by Audubon, Tiffany, Diego Rivera, Picasso, Jacques Lipchitz, Richmond Barthe, and woodblock prints by Japanese artists Hiroshige and Hokusai – gifts from Frank Lloyd Wright to the Kaufmanns.
[Taken from the Western Pennyslavia Conservancy website]
Given the contour of the land, Wright located a house anchored in the rock next to the falls, jutting over the stream and counterweighted by massing at the back. Wright oriented the house to the southeast as he preferred, extending floors in horizontal bands which echoed rock ledges. The house would hover serenely over the water…. In a house designed for people to live in, these material components and effects would subserve a whole that, inside and out, must be intimate, informal, yet the main living area must be ample. The spaces, sheltered at the rear, would open toward and flow into the space of the wooded valley. The eye of the indweller would be guided outward by low ceilings toward nature, not upward to a grand interior. Light would come from several sides to provide a balanced ambience, and the house and its setting would be interwoven, vibrant with the changing daylight and the seasons’ variations.
[via Design *Sponge]