Thursday, December 13, 2012

Taliesin West/ Frank Lloyd Wright

Signature Red and Blue is synonymous with the property,  Photography: Marcus Hay

Left: Dining Room, Right: Detail of Light fitting, Photography: Marcus Hay

Left: Detail, Right: Inside Projection Room, Photography: Marcus Hay

Left: The Gate, Right: Signage, Photography: Marcus Hay

Left: Detail of the gate, Right: Detail, Photography: Marcus Hay

In side The Theatre, Photography: Marcus Hay

Inside the Theatre, Photography: Marcus Hay

Exterior, Photography: Marcus Hay

Exterior details, Photography: Marcus Hay

Exterior, Photography: Marcus Hay

Some sculpture around the property, Photography: Marcus Hay

Left: Chinese sculpture is scattered around the property, Right: Exterior, Photography: Marcus Hay

Left: Sculture Garden, Right: A Pool, Photography: Marcus Hay

Inside the Music Hall, Photography: Marcus Hay

Inside the Music Hall, Photography: Marcus Hay

Inside the Music Hall, Photography: Marcus Hay

Left: Mrs Wright's room, Left: Lighting fixture, Photography: Marcus Hay

Left: Original Indian carvings, Right: Stairs, Photography: Marcus Hay

In Arizona Frank Lloyd Wright would spend his winters, advised by his doctor that it would promote a longer life avoiding the harsher winters of Wisconsin. He lived well into his 90's, so perhaps his doctors advise rang true. Currently in Arizona for Design Within Reach, On my one down morning last Sunday, Studio Marcus Hay scooted off to Taliesin West, the property built by Frank and his fellow men, what he called his students of architecture. Built by hand, the property is truly spectacular and regarded as one of the top 10 pieces of modern architecture in the world.  
Taliesin West was architect Frank Lloyd Wright's winter home and school in the desert from 1937 until his death in 1959 at the age of 91. Today it is the main campus of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture and houses the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. The complex drew its name from Wright's summer home, Taliesin, in Spring Green, Wisconsin.
The structure's walls are made of local desert rocks, stacked within wood forms, filled with concrete. Wright always favored using the materials readily available rather than those that must be transported to the site. In Wright’s own words, “There were simple characteristic silhouettes to go by, tremendous drifts and heaps of sunburned desert rocks were nearby to be used. We got it all together with the landscape…”
Throughout the years he added an addition to the dining room, the cabaret theatre, music pavilion and numerous other rooms. All of the furniture and decorations were designed by Wright and the majority built by apprentices.
It felt like such a privilege to wander the grounds and rooms at Taliesin West, Wright is known as the Grand Daddy of Modern American Architecture, His work was truly revolutionary, Wright was recognized in 1991 by the American Institute of Architects as "the greatest American architect of all time."

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