Frank Lloyd – Out of the ordinary

The inspirational keyword for me is “out of the ordinary”. This is due to the fact that when I first came to New York, the first museum I went to was the Guggenheim Museum and the building’s inner architectural design appeared to be extremely unique. I remember myself being on the ground floor looking up to the oculus and seeing this curved shaped structure and that structure gave off a sense of the path being infinity. To me, I barely find buildings that give off the same vibe without the use of light and therefore, I thought that the art piece was “out of the ordinary”. Since then, the Guggenheim Museum has made a huge impact on my memory. Therefore, I wanted to find an object that appears to be different and “out of the ordinary” and I came across Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater.

Artist Statement:

Frank Lloyd Wright

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“Architecture is the triumph of human imagination over materials, methods, and men, to put man into possession of his own Earth. It is at least the geometric pattern of things, of life, of the human and social world. It is at best that magic framework of reality that we sometimes touch upon when we use the word order.”

Frank Lloyd Wright introduced the word ‘organic’ into his philosophy of architecture as early as 1908. It was an extension of the teachings of his mentor Louis Sullivan whose slogan “form follows function” became the mantra of modern architecture. Wright changed this phrase to “form and function are one,” using nature as the best example of this integration.

Although the word ‘organic’ in common usage refers to something which has the characteristics of animals or plants, Frank Lloyd Wright’s organic architecture takes on a new meaning. It is not a style of imitation, because he did not claim to be building forms which were representative of nature. Instead, organic architecture is a reinterpretation of nature’s principles as they had been filtered through the intelligent minds of men and women who could then build forms which are more natural than nature itself.

His works:

Avery Coonley House (1908)

Fallingwater (1939)

Home and Studio (1889)

P/S: While researching, I found out that he is the architect behind the works of the Guggenheim Museum (which is where I got my inspiration from).

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