Dawson, Joey Humanities 101 October 2, 2012 Page 1 Fallingwater by Frank Lloyd Wright I have chosen the Fallingwater House to write about in this assignment. The house was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and built between 1936 and 1939. It is located in Bear Run, Pennsylvania. The house is built on top of a waterfall on the side of a hill. Frank Lloyd Wright designed the house to appear as if it wasn’t even standing on solid ground. Descriptive criticism: Every piece of artwork ever done has consisted of elements and principles, which make up what the piece is.
One clear and probably the main element of Fallingwater is the use of lines. Wright used many different lines when designing the building. He not only used strong horizontal lines, he used strong vertical lines as well. Any way you look at the house you see long beautiful lines and every line has its very own purpose for the design. He uses his lines to complement each other as they cross up and down the building.
Wright also uses lines to create layers, the entire house looks like it is just one layer after another, sort of like a stack of building blocks.
Wright also used his lines to create patterns. As I mentioned before he used the lines to create layers. From some views of the house you can see how he used the pattern of lines to create layers that got increasingly smaller until the roof of the house. He uses nothing but squares and rectangles that sit on top of one another, which makes up the entirety of the house. As you look at the house you can see how each of the different sized shapes fit soundly with its other.
He built it so the proportion of it fit perfectly with its surroundings, almost as if it was natural. Wright also used texture on the house. He used two main textures, a smooth looking finish on all of the horizontal lines and walls and a rocky looking textured look for all of the vertical standing lines and walls. As for color Wright didn’t give the Dawson, Page 2 house any vibrant colors that stand out, instead he used a light ochre for concrete and his signature Cherokee red for the steel. Fallingwater is a Expressionistic Modern architectural piece.
Wrights love for Japanese architecture was strongly infused into his designing of Fallingwater. The house is earth rooted, and was built using building materials to reinforce the frame and foundation, which are embedded into the mountain and waterfall. He used steel to reinforce the frame and lots of concrete and stone to give it the strength it needed to withstand the test that the environment would put on the house. Fallingwater was originally built for the Kaufmann Family as a vacation house and now it is a National Historic Landmark.
The house is a beautiful building a sits perfectly, like it was meant to be there. Interpretive Criticism – Background: Frank Lloyd Wright was born in 1867 in Richland Center, Wisconsin and died on April 9, 1959. (91 years old) He went to school in Second Ward School, Madison. He then went to the University of Wisconsin where he studied drawing classes and some math courses for a short time before moving to Chicago. Where he worked for Silsbee before he started working for Adler and Sullivan. He designed more than 1,000 structures and completed 500 works.
He enjoyed designing buildings that were in harmony with humanity and the environment. Wright created a new type of interior space in architecture, diminishing the existing view of rooms as single function boxes. As I mentioned before Wright was a big fan of Japanese architecture and used the basic L or T shape and used a basic unit system of organization. Wright was recognized in 1991 by the American Institute of Architects as the greatest American architect of all time. Evaluative Conclusion: I am a huge fan of Fallingwater.
I love how he used lines to really depict the design of the building. The way each piece lies has its own purpose. The building looks so natural and calm, it really just peacefully sits on top of the waterfall like God put it there himself. I like how he Dawson, Page 3 didn’t use vibrant colors and instead used neutral colors and let the true beauty of nature do all the coloring needed for the building. The stones he used and the way he layered them makes for a natural look, making the house look even more fitting for its placement.
The way he built it really expresses his love for the earth and its connection with art. I would love to live here. Fallingwater is beautiful in every way possible. Falling Water by Frank Lloyd Wright Dawson, Page 4 Works Cited “Fallingwater | Home. ” Fallingwater | Home. N. p. , n. d. Web. 02 Oct. 2012. <http://www. fallingwater. org/>. “Fallingwater – Frank Lloyd Wright – Great Buildings Architecture. ” GreatBuildings. N. p. , n. d. Web. 02 Oct. 2012. <http://www. greatbuildings. com/buildings/Fallingwater. tml>. “Fallingwater. ” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 10 Jan. 2012. Web. 02 Oct. 2012. <http://en. wikipedia. org/wiki/Fallingwater>. “Frank Lloyd Wright – Great Buildings Online. ” Frank Lloyd Wright – Great Buildings Online. N. p. , n. d. Web. 02 Oct. 2012. <http://www. greatbuildings. com/architects/Frank_Lloyd_Wright. html>. “Frank Lloyd Wright. ” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 10 Apr. 2012. Web. 02 Oct. 2012. <http://en. wikipedia. org/wiki/Frank_Lloyd_Wright>.
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