Nature & Design

fallingwaterFor many years, I have always been a big fan of Fallingwater and Frank Lloyd Wright’s work.  This house is a great example of organic design and integration of architecture into the natural landscape.

I’ve been been fascinated…between the secludedness of the forest wilderness, the open layout design, the stonework, and especially the nearby stream running nearby to the lower floor.  I’ve always wondered how they dealt with the construction of the foundation and accommodate for factors such as water and soil erosion.  If anyone has any info on that, please feel free to share in comments.

For those of you who are unfamiliar to Fallingwater…

Fallingwater was designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright in 1935 in rural southwestern Pennsylvania, 43 miles (69 km) southeast of Pittsburgh (click here for map).

The home was built partly over a waterfall on Bear Run in the Mill Run section of Stewart Township, Fayette County, Pennsylvania, in the Laurel Highlands of the Allegheny Mountains. The house was designed as a weekend home for the family of Edgar J. Kaufmann, owner of Kaufmann’s department store.

~Wikipedia.com

I recently came across this video on Facebook.  Animator Cristóbal Vila did an incredible job creating a 3D model of Fallingwater. Be sure to check it out!

If I would ever find some free time (free time, what’s that?), I would to design a house around this theme.  I’ve tinkered around with using SketchUp for design ideas (as well as woodworking ideas) but as of yet have not produced any real work.  I’m sure many of you can relate…

“Too many ideas…too little time.”

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