Thursday, July 26, 2012

On the Road | Fallingwater: Architecture, Nature, Money

Today was my first visit to one of the most iconic places of architecture: Fallingwater, or Kaufmann Residence, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1935. The house is located in the rural Laurel Highlands of southwestern Pennsylvania. The house was built partly over a waterfall on Bear Run and is probably the most famous examples of organic architecture as integration of nature within man-made constructions. Bridges, terraces, roofs made of steel and concrete follow curvilinear shapes to engage in an harmonious dialogue with the natural features.
The total house cost at the time of construction was $155,000, about thirty times the cost of a house of a similar square footage (2885 sq. ft. interior) in Pennsylvania at the time.

Fallingwater was used by the Kaufmann family (Edgar Kaufmann Sr. (1885-1955), Liliane S. Kaufmann (1889-1952), and their son, Edgar Kaufmann jr. (1910-1989) as a weekend home  until 1963, when it was entrusted by Edgar Kaufmann, jr., to the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy.

 Architecture follows nature in details: concrete slab opening to allow a tree to penetrate the man-made construction

 Countryside surrounding the Fallingwater site