Saturday, April 16, 2011

"Taliesin West and Frank Lloyd Wright"

In northeast of Scottsdale, Arizona there is a living memorial to a great American architect. Nestled in the foothills of the McDowell Mountains and surrounded by the spectacular Sonoran Desert lays a sprawling 600 acre complex called Taliesin West. It was designed and built by Frank Lloyd Wright and is a National Historic Landmark. As an architect, he longed to be freed from the existing architecture designs and materials, and instead to do site specific construction where form and function were one. When one looks at the Taliesin complex, one quickly sees how Frank Lloyd Wright combined nature into the design of his construction. Looking closely at the photos, one can see an up close photo of the use of local rock and then see how it was incorporated into the different buildings. Also notice how the buildings become one with the backdrop of the hill behind. Today, the Taliesin West site is open to tours and also hosts a school of architecture that was founded in 1932. In addition, Taliesin West also houses the archives of Frank Lloyd Wright.

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