Frank Lloyd Wright: School Master-Master Architect

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School Master – Master Architect The life and legacy of Frank Lloyd Wright is a testament to his ingenuity, creativity and perseverance of life-changing experiences including personal loss, grief, and failure, all balanced by his ultimate notoriety, high levels of success and lasting happiness. As a world-renown architect, he never failed to surprise experts and novices alike with his futuristic, innovative solutions and techniques for designing beautiful buildings totally integrated and blended within natural environments. Architectural Beginnings As a young child, his mother attempted to enrich his life with literature and drawings depicting the great Cathedrals of England. <insert image 14 here> In her home, she prepared and guided learning…show more content…
In addition, the main roofs and dormers created by Wright share distinctive triangular shapes with wider overhangs and eaves, with central fireplaces and large chimney masses. House plans usually show multiple-bedrooms with the largest possible living space realized by allowing the living room, dining room, reception room and terrace to flow together and outward as one. That is, balconies, terraces and gardens as extensions of inner space tend to obliterate boundaries between the inside and outside of the home. The exteriors of his earliest houses also show a variety of straight and curve lines with horizontal wood siding, shingles, Roman brick, plaster, semicircle window sashes, and appear most commonly with stoops, steps and porches. Wright's interior layouts transform and organize space according to its use and activity – generally, family needs. <insert image 16…show more content…
Even though his first homes are of the Queen Anne style, he took care to open floor plans inside toward the outside into gardens, porches and terraces by featuring semi-circular, hexagon and octagon-shaped structures. <insert image 17 here> Shapes of the glass art window pattern near the front door of the Gale Residence appear in part in the form of hexagons, which contain angles typical of Froebel’s Kindergarten exercises. Whether the pattern had been selected by Wright from a stock pattern book or not, to him the design displayed natural beauty. <insert image 18 here> Also early on, Wright’s glass art windows took on distinctive geometric shapes and proportions with square, rectangle and rhombus patterns. For instance, the living room bay windows of the McArthur House (1892) exhibit vertical rhombuses, again typical of child play in German Kindergarten. <insert image 19 here> When taken all together, the exterior and interior features of his early residential designs foretold the kinds of buildings that Wright would create over the next decade, and generally to larger extent over the rest of his career. The Prairie School, of which Wright's designs contributed significantly, set a precedent for his thinking about architectural designs for the next sixty

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