Wright’s vision and designs have laid the foundation for a lot of ideas in architecture that are still shaping our world.Frank Lloyd Wright believed that there was a right way to design in the world, a natural architecture that served both beauty and functionality without sacrificing anything.
Born on June 8, 1867 Frank Lloyd Wright is not only one of the world’s greatest architects, but he
was also the most prolific, controversial as well as inspiring. He was a writer, an art collector a philosopher as well as a visionary and these all inspired his approach to his craft. He is widely known for four styles of building. He conceived of the Prairie Style which was born out of his belief that we needed fewer, larger rooms which flowed more easily, his antithesis to the rigid Victorian era architecture. From there the Textile Style was born, which led way to
the Organic Style and then the Usonian Style.Wright’s philosophy centered around helping people understand how to make life more beautiful.
Today we are going to take a look at 9 of Wright’s most memorable works to further confirm and reiterate that impact of one of the most important architects in history.
1. King Kamehameha Golf Course Clubhouse, Hawaii, USA
The King Kamehameha Golf Club is Maui’s premier private golf club in Maui, Hawaii. The club’s 74,000 sq.ft. clubhouse is designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and sits at 750 feet above sea level offering Haleakala, as well as bi-coastal ocean views.
2. Child of the Sun, Florida, USA
Child of the Sun, also known as the Florida Southern College Architectural District, is a group of buildings designed for the campus of the Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida, United States, by American architect Frank Lloyd Wright from 1941 through 1958.A Florida college boasts the world’s largest single-site collection of structures designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
3. Johnson Wax Headquarters, Racine, Wisconsin.
Johnson Wax Headquarters is the world headquarters and administration building of S. C. Johnson & Son in Racine, Wisconsin. Designed by American architect Frank Lloyd Wright for the company’s president, Herbert F. “Hib” Johnson, the building was constructed from 1936 to 1939. Its distinctive “lily pad” columns and other innovations revived Wright’s career at a point when he was losing influence.
4. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Manhattan, New York City
The Guggenheim Museum is probably one of the most recognizable works created by the talented architect. The building itself has become a staple of pop culture and one of the most instagrammable destinations in the world. Created in 1959, the building was met with praise and even some fear that the beauty of the building would overshadow the art.
5. Congregation Beth Sholom, Pennsylvania, USA.
Beth Sholom Congregation is a Conservative synagogue located at 8231 Old York Road in the Philadelphia suburb of Elkins Park, Pennsylvania. It is the only synagogue designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
6. Unitarian Meeting House, Madison, Wisconsin.
The Unitarian Meeting House, completed in 1951, shares many hallmarks of Wright’s other Usonian structures. It is a single-story building featuring wide overhanging eaves, a low and unobtrusive entryway, large fireplaces, and a concrete floor. Its most distinctive feature is the soaring glass and wood “prow” on its southern exposure, which Wright said symbolized aspiration.
7. ASU Gammage Auditorium, Tempe, Arizona
The Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium is a multipurpose performing arts center in Tempe, Arizona within the main campus of Arizona State University (ASU). Is considered to be one of the last public commissions of Architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
8. Fallingwater, Pennsylvania, USA
Arguably the most famous private home of the 20th century, this residence and its striking silhouette—appearing on a career-defining cover of Time magazine in 1938—created a sensation that propelled Wright through the final decades of his career. Set atop a waterfall in Bear Run, a summer camp in western Pennsylvania owned by the wealthy Kaufmann family, the concrete-and-limestone home, entwined with the body of water that gives it its name, is a symbolic masterpiece, instructive of both Wright’s philosophy and his single-mindedness.
9. Millard House, Pasadena, California.
Wright’s first textile-block home, which features stacks of decorative concrete blocks that fit together like Legos, offers a rare example of vertically aligned design from the architect, a three-story stack with plenty of terraces available for use as outdoor rooms. Created for arts dealer Alice Millard, the building, nicknamed La Miniatura, fits perfectly inside a ravine near Pasadena, blending in with the surrounding landscape and arroyo. Wright referred to himself as “the weaver” when describing this building technique, explaining that he could knit together houses endlessly with this “masonry fabric.”