Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater House
The Fallingwater house was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and built during 1934-1937 in Mill Run, Pennsylvania. The house was originally a weekend home for Edgar Kaufmann and his family. Over time the house has become a historic landmark and also known as one of the most well known residences in the United States by the American Institute of Architects.
Wright’s goal for this house was to make man and nature harmonious, much like Japanese architecture. Instead of building the house alongside the waterfall like the Kaufmann family originally had planned, Wright designed the house to sit directly on top of the falls. The house then became part of the falls; the sounds of the water echoing throughout the entire house.
Images via Arch Daily.
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Tardlovski says:May 21, 2010 at 12:47 pm
Kernit the Font says:May 21, 2010 at 12:59 pm
I found out recently that Autechre’s Envane EP cover art (designed by The Designers Republic) was a stylised trace of the first photo you’ve posted. Looks like there was method in TDRs madness!
mp says:May 21, 2010 at 2:20 pm
Had the pleasure of visiting twice… killer place.
kladruby gold says:May 21, 2010 at 3:22 pm
One of my favorite pads, thanks for reminding me of its glory!
jason parry says:May 21, 2010 at 3:55 pm
Get the lego version! its cool! :)
Texture plus says:May 21, 2010 at 4:46 pm
wonderfuill post its great place!! like a dream!!
Charles Bergquist says:May 21, 2010 at 11:35 pm
Great post. I desperately want to go see this.
Jarson says:May 22, 2010 at 12:48 am
My parents have seen Fallingwater. So have I, but I was a baby…dammit.
BROOKLYN BRIAN says:May 22, 2010 at 8:46 pm
Anonymous says:May 23, 2010 at 9:39 am
Introducing this house is like introducing photoshop as if no one’s ever seen it.
Alex / HeadUp says:May 23, 2010 at 9:52 am
Leaving snide comments as Anonymous is like designing without grids, you might make your point but no one will want to look at it.
Vance Bell says:May 23, 2010 at 1:08 pm
Nice to see this again…
My grandfather was on site when this was being built — apparently there was much discussion in the local builder community over that use of cantilevered concrete. Sort of like the controversy over the dendriform columns in the Johnson Wax building in Racine.
And yeah, snide comments are boring.
Shelby says:May 23, 2010 at 1:17 pm
@Vance—What a cool experience that would have been!
The columns of the Johnson Wax building are really something else. I hadn’t seen that building prior to your mention.
For-W-Art says:May 23, 2010 at 3:25 pm
Yeah I have to agree with Kermit, I just found out about it as well. The book that joined the special edition of the Warp 20th aniversary box had a nice explanation about it.
Discogs has bigger and a couple of more pics showing this work.
Shelby says:May 23, 2010 at 4:27 pm
@For-W-Art & @Kernit
Good find! I as well hadn’t seen this piece until now.
I really enjoy seeing barcodes incorporated into the art. http://www.discogs.com/image/R-2504-1195298640.jpeg
Mark C. says:May 24, 2010 at 10:16 am
The design of Falling Water shows a brilliant execution of vision. It could literally render a person speechless. It’s one of those homes that’ll NEVER become passe.
Kevin says:May 24, 2010 at 2:36 pm
One of the best creative visions and accomplishments ever!
Midnight Rain says:June 5, 2010 at 3:08 pm
How will the structure stand in time against erosion from the running water? I assume the area must have been significantly reinforced artificially.
How about maintenance against high humidity effects?
From a pragmatic point of view, I see this as a museum rather than a day-to-day living facility.
However, an inspiring point on the timeline of man-made habitats; which is what the architect intended, I believe.
juan carlos negro says:July 8, 2010 at 6:32 am
me gusta mucho el video y la mi’sica de Smetana acompaña perfectamente.
C' Keirstead says:August 29, 2010 at 8:11 am
I have visited many off Frank Lloyd Wright’s Creations and find that Falling Water was his best. One of the most recent works that I visited was the Holly Hoch buildings and home Adaline Barnsdall which was the worst creation I have visited. Although it had some remarkable detail it seemed to lack Wright’s personal touch. This lack of touch could have been the culmination of the woman inwhich the design was for or the fact that Wright was some 2000 miles from the site overseeing the building of the imperial hotel.
Viktor Gómez says:January 12, 2011 at 7:19 am
Una obra maestra que merece la pena ver.
Algún dia espero verla en persona.