Happy Birthday Frank Lloyd Wright!
Wright, a Midwesterner born in Wisconsin, is the founder of the Prairie School of Design that came out of the Midwest. He also developed the concept of organic architecture in which structures–houses, hotels, buildings–blended in with the natural landscape. The elements of nature and history were used in the design of the building and interior design.
These were revolutionary architectural and design concepts at the time. Wright’s home and studio in Oak Park, Illinois, are stand out as examples of the Prairie School style in comparison to the commonplace designs of the other houses in the city at that time.
He was influenced by history such as the ancient civilizations of Mexico. Design styles from pyramids and structures in Mexico found its way into tiles that Wright designed.
Wright developed the organic architecture style.
“So here I stand before you preaching organic architecture: declaring organic architecture to be the modern ideal and the teaching so much needed if we are to see the whole of life, and to now serve the whole of life, holding no traditions essential to the great TRADITION. Nor cherishing any preconceived form fixing upon us either past, present or future, but instead exalting the simple laws of common sense or of super-sense if you prefer determining form by way of the nature of materials…” – Frank Lloyd Wright, written in 1954
One of his more famous houses, Falling Water, was designed by Wright to incorporate a waterfall in the woods where it was built.
Wright’s philosophies, theories and designs continue to influence architects, interior designers, and artists to this day.
One of the best ways to learn more about Frank Lloyd Wright is to visit houses and structures he designed. Take a walk around Oak Park, Illinois, and tour his home or the Wright Foundation.
Visit Taliesin in Spring Green to see his studio and home set amid the bucolic farmlands of central Wisconsin. There a theme a view of water on the sides of his house, built to capture all the best views. Taliesin, which is Welsh for the Shining Brow, was named in honor of his mother’s heritage.
Or travel to Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Arizona. Or take an architectural tour in Racine, Wisconsin, of the Johnson headquarters. Or a tour in Chicago to see the buildings he decided in the Windy City.
There are many buildings that he built that instrinically incorporate elements for that location or concept that changed over time. If you’re interested, delve into the history and art–architecture of Wright. Happy Birthday Frank.