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.

26 Comments Leave A Comment


Anonymous says:

May 23, 2010 at 9:39 am

Introducing this house is like introducing photoshop as if no one’s ever seen 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.


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.


Midnight Rain says:

June 5, 2010 at 3:08 pm

Ambitious project.
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.