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Frank Lloyd Wright: The Fallingwater House

The view of the Fallingwater House in the United States

Description: The house built on the waterfall in Mill Run, Pennsylvania in the United States is one of the world’s most famous buildings. The house that reshaped a relationship between architecture and nature was built in 1939 on the now infamous waterfall slope. Frank Lloyd Wright was inspired by the Japanese architecture and was aiming to create a harmonious relationship between all elements that create a refuge, as it was designed to be a weekend home. The interior spaces were envisioned as a safe and calm place with a monumental fireplace dominating all levels of the house as well as having the ever present sound of water slaps. What is important for me is the feeling the architect aimed to achieve in the inside, the ever lasting sensation of peace and seclusion for those who would reside inside. Nevertheless, Frank Lloyd Wright managed to merge the architecture with the surrounding landscape completely, as we cannot imagine the Fallingwater house separated from the forest and slopes outside.

Floor plan of the First floor of the Fallingwater house demonstrating the functionality of the space

Displacement: Frank Lloyd Wright believed that form and function necessarily influence one another and that the function of the space might as well dictate the form of it. By shifting between different levels and separating the functions throughout a large space the architect achieved the codependency of various spaces. The form of the building perfectly follows all the functions one might need in their weekend home. He established a harmony between the form and function.

Emerging: The architecture of the Fallingwater house is inseparable from the landscape that surrounds it. All elements that form this famous architecture are inseparable since the feeling of the interior or exterior space would not be the same if any elements would be removed. Frank Lloyd Wright created a home for people yet he created so much more, he demonstrated with ease how it is possible to unify elements such as steep waterfall slopes, dense woods and modernist architecture. His idea of this unification can be illustrated with a quote:

“No house should ever be on a hill or on anything. It should be of the hill. Belonging to it. Hill and house should live together each the happier for the other.”

Frank Lloyd Wright

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