Definition of Shelter: “A place giving temporary protection from bad weather or danger.” (Google Search)
Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous place of shelter, Fallingwater, is located in the mountains of western Pennsylvania. The home he designed for the Kaufmann family affords many areas of shelter. While the entire home is a shelter, there are also sheltered doorways, sheltered walkways, sheltered terraces, and a sheltered carport. In addition, Wright’s design of wide overhanging rooflines, gives shelter in storms, allowing windows to be open during rain. They also keep the house cool in hot weather when the sun is high in the sky, and provide solar heat in the winter when the sun is low in the sky.
In my photo, look for some of Wright’s “Mature Organic” design characteristics:
*wide overhanging rooflines
*long horizontal lines in the home’s design
*typical red paned windows, often with glass meeting glass in corners
*blending the house with nature
Unable to see here: but Wright’s front doors were hidden from view of the regular pedestrian. He felt that would keep solicitors away!
Also unable to see in this photo: Wright kept the entrance to his homes small, with a low roof. When you opened the door, you entered a room with higher ceilings and more room. This was the effect that Wright desired. Feeling compression…..then a delightful expansion when you entered the home.
This is not the traditional view of Fallingwater. That will come soon!
For more info on Frank Lloyd Wright’s shelter designs, click here.
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