Frank Lloyd Wright was a true visionary. He’s one of my favorite architects. How he rendered his visions from almost a century ago was a manifestation of his genius.
Why I have chosen one of his designed homes in this challenge? Because among the known architects, he pioneered and championed the relationship between nature and the structure. He believed that a building must blend in with its surroundings. That a home should just not sprout out of the earth but should be part of it.
Wright coined the word Organic.
“So here I stand before you preaching organic architecture: declaring organic architecture to be the modern ideal and the teaching so much needed if we are to see the whole of life, and to now serve the whole of life, holding no ‘traditions’ essential to the great TRADITION. Nor cherishing any preconceived form fixing upon us either past, present or future, but—instead—exalting the simple laws of common sense—or of super-sense if you prefer—determining form by way of the nature of materials…”
— Frank Lloyd Wright, An Organic Architecture, 1939
Eric Corey Freed takes a more seminal approach in making his description of the term:
“Using Nature as our basis for design, a building or design must grow, as Nature grows, from the inside out. Most architects design their buildings as a shell and force their way inside. Nature grows from the idea of a seed and reaches out to its surroundings. A building thus, is akin to an organism and mirrors the beauty and complexity of Nature.”
Unfortunately, picture-taking is not allowed but inside you would marvel at how modern it is. Wide windows are everywhere to let plenty of natural light in and efficient air circulation.
This house is notable for the many modern conveniences that moneyed people, like the Fabyans, could buy then. In a way, they were a very caring couple, taking care of the land and the hundreds of people that they employed.
Below is the grounds of the Fabyan Villa State Park. General George & Nelle Fabyan bought more than 400 acres of land as part of their estate but it has been reduced as some were sold to private entities. To know more about the museum and the park, go here and here.
365 Project: Day 205