Frank Lloyd Wright July 19, 2006Posted by Amanda in Architecture/Design, Uncategorized.
Yesterday we went to Fallingwater and the day before to Kentuck Knob, both houses designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in Western Pennsylvania.
For those of you who don’t know, FLW has become a favourite of mine over the last few years and it was great to see some of his work. We missed out on the places in Arizona and LA because of time constraints.
We went to Kentuck Knob first. This was a smaller house built for the Hagen family in the 1950’s. It was an example of his philosophy that no matter how small the house, it can be beautiful. It is now owned by Lord Palumbo and also contained some great art pieces. It was built right into the side of the hill and belnds with its surroundings which was one of Wrights main aims. It felt great inside with different amounts of light used in each room for effect.
Fallingwater was on a much grander scale with three levels, servants quarters and a guest house. It was incredible with all the cantilevers reaching out over the waterfall on which the house is built. The furnishings were mostly by Wright as well and it was fantastic to see it all. The setting is amazing and the house uses what they called Wright’s conceal and reveal technique by which you go through a small dark passageway to reveal a larger lighter room.
Now we are looking forward to the Guggenheim this week!