At one point of Frank Wright career he began to start using a lot of ideas concerning patterned concrete block. This idea was implied in the project Millard House. He changed the general perception of concrete blocks to be ugly and not beautiful. The price of this house rocketed sky high reaching almost $8,000,000.
Wright used 2 different styes in this project, the organic architecture and textile block house. The organic architecture can be seen where he infused the spirit of nature surrounding the house. The house is surrounded with plants, trees and there’s a pond located somewhere near the entrance of the house.
Frank Lloyd Wright designed the Price Tower in Bartlesville, Oklahoma as the headquarters for Harold C. Price of the H.C Price Company. The style of architecture Frank implied in this build is deconstructionism and Gothic Revival architecture. This building is also known to be Frank’s only skyscraper because throughout his career as an architect he did not build any other skyscraper other than the Price Tower
Wright gave this tower a nickname which is ” the tree that escaped the crowded forest” because the motif of this building was to build with a concept of a tree. The use of copper which gave a greenish look to the exterior and also elements of trees can be seen in every floor of the building.
Being one of the famous go to places when visiting New York, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is also another brilliant building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. It is built right across the city hall to avoid the vast and busy city life of New York.
Wright suggested visitors to take the elevator up to the highest floor. This is because he designed a continuous spiral slope (nautilus shell) from the top to the bottom allowing the visitors walk downhill as they admire the exhibition in the building. the spiral slope. The nautilus shell is made such a way that even on a different floor but the artwork on other floors are still visible.
Just by looking at this building makes us know that Frank Lloyd Wright intentions when designing the Falling water was to ensure the essence of nature is presence in the surrounding. The building is mainly made up of limestone, wood and masonry. With the inspiration of the Japanese traditions, Frank built this house on top of a waterfall and also ensured theres excess of nature to all four walls.
The Sonoran Desert of Arizona hold one of Dust Architects project. Most of their projects focus on the simplicity but for this project they took a different step in making the design more complex but yet simple enough to not make much influence to the surrounding.
The building is made up of various spaces such as living room, reading room, entertainment room and bedroom for the occupants to use. However, all this are not connected because they wanted to build a space where the occupants can appreciate the view of the desert every time they walk out from one space.
The Casa Caldera is one of Dust Architects renowned project. This house is built on the basic Canelo Hill, 80 miles away from Tucson, Arizona. Although the house is in a desert, the plains and vegetation surrounding makes the house not really visible from a distance. They chose to use scoria, a dark coloured lave roc for this building because theres a lot of volcanic activity around that area of Arizona.
The plan for this building was to keep it as compact and small without eliminating the aspects of comfort. The concept was simple which was to have one living room, dining room, kitchen, bathroom and 2 bed. The main source of heat during the cold season would be the wood burning stove. how ever during the summer, the walls which is made up of scoria which has a cooling effect even when the surrounding temperature can be high. The good ventilation of the house allows air to flow through the hallways allowing it to cool the house down. The exterior windows are made small and placed strategically according to the solar orientation to avoid heat gain in the house
Latrobe and his engineering assistant Fredrick Graff crafted a model of the building to test different ideas. Latrobe was hired to design this building due to a heightened need for clean water sources because of the yellow fever outbreaks of 1793. The building never was very efficient, it needed a lot of maintenance and was ultimately discontinued. The design shows the Greek-Roman designs that Latrobe generally sticks to. Graff was put in charge of developing a more practical design after it was clear that Latrobe’s original didn’t work out.
This was Latrobe’s first major project in the United States. It definitely looks like a scary prison and is not a place anyone would have wanted to be in. The prison was eventually torn down and another prison was erected on the same site. This prison is the epitome of what the Big House should look like, a giant imposing, inescapable castle.
THE POPE VILLA
Latrobe designed both of these houses later on in his career in America. The Pope Villa is located in Lexington, Kentucky and was made for senator John Pope. It is one of Latrobe’s finest in my opinion. The unique design and simplicity is very appealing.
The Adena Mansion is in Chillicothe, Ohio. Again the simple design with the door in the middle makes it really stick out. It was completed in 1807. It is now a tourist attraction and museum that teaches about the early European settlement in Ohio. In 2003 it was declared a National
The Baltimore Basilica was built from 1806-1821 and was the first great metropolitan cathedral constructed in the United States after the adoption of the Constitution. Latrobe was among the designers of this building. I particularly like how it has a castle feel to it with the old classic Roman columns. Latrobe designed this building to combine a longitudinal axis and a domed space.