Monday, April 13, 2009

moments from fallingwater

Thanks for your feedback on the Monticello sketches. It was very interesting hearing the things you remember from visiting TJ's house. Here's another collection of quick sketches...this time from Fallingwater.

This sculpture sits at the front of the house. While it's a little odd to begin with, I managed to make it look incredibly strange...
A favorite moment : the walkway that connects the main house to the guest house. Our tour guide explained that the roof plane is designed in such a way that when it rains the water slides off one side, thus creating another waterfall at Fallingwater. How cool.


One of Wright's ottomans. I really enjoy seeing the many scales at which FLW designed. No detail left unnoticed.A balcony filled with people.



And finally, two views of the back entrance. One drawn in about 5 minutes, the other in about 20. I'll let you guess which is which.fallingwater : fallingshadows

If you've visited Fallingwater (or any other FLW creation) before, what stands out in your memory? Why?

12 comments:

Annie said...

I remember thinking how controlling he was: bolting down furniture so the owners could never move it, designing clothing for the women to wear while in his homes, etc. But I also loved how Fallingwater was designed to complement the nature around it.

suzanne cabrera said...

Annie---
This has always been my impression of Wright too. It prevented me from liking him (or his work) all that much...until I visited Fallingwater.

Sheila said...

I was about to write that I never happened to visit a FLW because I've always wanted to see one of his houses. Then when two brain cells accidently bumped into eachother, I remembered I did go and do business (police not fun stuff) at the Marin Civic Center.

http://www.co.marin.ca.us/depts/CU/Main/flw/cctourarch.cfm

It is a very unusual building in its unique exterior and modern for its day interior. A police officer who often visited the coroner's and DA's office there commented the only draw back was its lack of insulation because of all the sky lights.

I like how FLW had an odd statue in front of his house. It shows me he had a sense of humor and his taste when beyond the straight lines of his architecture.

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Sheila said...

hmmm... for some reason, the comment box won't let me post the entire link address, hence the two prior deletions and the incomplete on in my original post.

If anyone's interested, google Marin Civic Center and view the awesome photos of this place.

suzanne cabrera said...

Thanks Sheila...I've googled and learned!

Anonymous said...

Taliesin West is phenomenal, but I wondered how his wife liked sweeping up dead rattlesnacks when she opened it up each fall after driving in from Wisconsin. I would have asking for glass on the windows instead of canvas covers if I had been married to the greatest architect of the day!

pve design said...

The love ceilings and the pot in the fireplace and that I visited it in college with my 1st boyfriend.

Teresa R said...

Never been there, but now I'll have to go to check out the odd statue...!

aimee said...

when i lived in phoenix i used to visit taliesin west - it is a fascinating structure, and was well out in the wilderness when he built it, but the growing suburbs are moving in quickly on it. i wonder what he would have to say about that - you can't bolt down suburban developers!

i've also toured his homes in oak park, IL - very different from his buildings like fallingwater and taliesin, but still beautiful.

17thandriggs said...

Thanks for taking me to fallingwater with your sketches... reflections on the little moments made me feel like I was there with you and your group:).