Talking about Frank Lloyd Wright, known as “The Best American Architect of All Times”, is to talk about a true visionary, creator of nothing less than 1,000 structures, in addition to 20 books of his great passion: Organic Architecture, due that as he said, Nature is written with mayor caps, and all has to emerge and end of her, developing with this, environmentally integrated edifications with fluid and almost synergic interiors.
Beyond this, Frank is considered a pioneer on the usage of materials and technologies, the avant-garde style, and of course for his role, not only artistic and creative, but also for his concern on urban planning, developing it into a living banner of organicism and his faithful belief of an “architecture for everyone”.
The MoMA and the 150 Years of Frank Lloyd Wright
And precisely in this year is when Frank Lloyd Wright, one of the maximum art and design icons, accomplished his 150 anniversary, so the New York MoMA prepared one of the most deserved tributes, through the exposition “Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive”, where we can find 450 disposable works, between models, projections, sketches, photographs, articles, furniture, textiles, and even buildings, created by the visionary between 1890 and 1950.
The sample is so extensive, that the exposition has been divided into 12 rooms, and for Colección Interiorismo, this is possible due that the passion that this man felt for architecture and design was so enormous, that he developed all the slopes and things to do on those ambits, creating an almost mythical legacy of creativity, along with an innovative vision that achieved the transformation of the stablished standards.
Frank Lloyd Wright | Iconic Works
Without a doubt and as we have seen, Frank’s work is considered legendary, and there is no better way to remember it than evoking 4 of his most iconic and admired creations.
Larkin Company Administration Building
One of the first Wright’s works where he started to explore the organicism, due that it emerged from the ideal of its owners of having a high efficient environment, but also possessor of a great cooperativity between its members. This central theme was shaped in a design where the central space of the building was left empty from the ceiling to the floor, opening all the levels through balconies, which beyond providing a constant remembering of the company ideals and values, strengthen the synergy of the place by being decorated with working plaques and lemmas.
Besides all of these, all the design, interiorism, and furniture, perfectly answered to the daily operations of the company, but also and in an innovative way, to its wellbeing necessities, having communal dining rooms, saloons, and a lounge area with chimney that propitiated the communal culture; as we can see an entire vision of the actual working standards.
Casa Kaufmann or Waterfall House
Probably the most iconic and important work of Wright, due that essentially it redefined the relationship between man, architecture, and nature, so much that the waterfall that gives name to the house, was used by him as an essential part of the building, and not only as an observation landscape.
This is why in the search of union between nature and man, Frank found a perfect departure point: his admiration for Japanese architecture and its ideal of harmony with its surroundings, cementing the house in the own rocks of the place and designing the house around its own nucleus, physically bringing the waterfall to the interior of the house, and inclusively having steps that directly conduct to the water.
This is how the beauty of this home it’s based on the extensions of the spaces towards nature, through large flown terraces that are projected as artistic and sculptural elements, a true ode to the exquisite esthetic between man and nature.
The work that is considered as the perfect synthesis of the Organic Architecture, due that precisely it was thought by Frank in this way. His inspiration took form through a ferrous conviction regarded to the necessity for a connection with the desert, which was achieved through a lot of ways, from its construction with local materials as rocks, to the central paper of illumination in its design.
Each space perfectly respects its surroundings, and makes us imagine an almost natural fusion, as if the house had emerged directly from the desert, just as Wright desired.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
A new interpretation of the organic by developing an abstraction from circular and curved plants in a continuity that breaks with an urban net so well known as New York, creating an iconic point of reference for art lovers.
On the outside, the swirl arises from the reinforced concrete; on the inside, the twists arise in a big emptiness that finishes in a crystal dome, flowing from one floor to another, wanting to reach a sky that is seen closer each time. Its majesty impacts, feeding the creative spirit of the building.
Frank Lloyd Wright
Frank Lloyd Wright, an icon not only of his time, but also of the visionary and creative spirit of human beings, and of course, a design and architecture figure that will always be remembered.
My buildings are not only light or perspective; they feed the spirit.
They attempt to find adequate forms to integrate and harmonize
the new materials and techniques with the
democratic ideal of my time.
Frank Lloyd Wright