Frank Lloyd Wright’s mushroom-esque Usonia home hits the market for $1.5M

November 8, 2017 by  
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In the late 1940s, Frank Lloyd Wright was hired to design a planned community near Pleasantville, New York. Today, the Usonia Historic District is a picturesque neighborhood filled with houses that were designed by Wright – including a round stone home with two circular rooftops reminiscent of the fungi that cover the forest. It’s called the Sol Friedmen Home – and it just hit the market for a cool $1.5M . Located just 50 minutes outside of Manhattan, Usonia is a 100-acre cooperative founded by NYC couples. Frank Lloyd Wright designed the neighborhood layout in a circular fashion to preserve the natural forest setting, encouraging “the flow of the land”. The architect then designed three of the 47 homes himself and contracted the remaining work out to some of his most admired colleagues. Related: Frank Lloyd Wright beach house listed on Airbnb for under $150 per night The Sol Friedmen Home, which was built in 1949, is a round structure with overlapping concrete slab rooftops. The two intersecting mushroom-like rooftops are complimented with a fungi-inspired carport adjacent to the home. The circular building is supported by a wall of exposed stone ashlar masonry topped with metal-framed glass panels. The home’s materials were selected to blend into the surrounding forestscape. On the inside, nature is again the focus. The home’s curvature and abundance of windows allow views of the evergreen forest from virtually every angle. A large great room is lined with built-in oak shelving and furniture designed by Wright. A beautiful stone fireplace holds court at the center of the room. The new owners of the three-bedroom home will join the unique 100-acre Usonia community , which was named a national historic district in 2012. Along with the three Wright homes, the remaining 44 homes were designed by innovative architects including Paul Schweikher, Wright students Kaneji Domoto and Theodore Dixon Bower, Ulrich Franzen, Aaron Resnick and Wright apprentice David Henken. + Sol Friedman House Via Archinect Images via Houlihan Lawrence

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This Frank Lloyd Wright house on a heart-shaped island could be yours – for a cool $15 million

August 8, 2017 by  
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Do you dream of island living and Frank Lloyd Wright homes? We’ve found the perfect property for you. Located on the 11-acre, heart-shaped Petra Island in New York’s Putnam County is a six bedroom, three-and-a-half bathroom abode designed by the famous architect himself. Chilton & Chadwick just listed the incredible property with a price tag of $14.92 million. Every aspect of the triangular home bears Wright’s signature design. Even modern improvements made by Joe Massaro, who purchased the house in 1995, don’t take away from the Wright’s initial vision; rather, they add to it. Apartment Therapy reports that Massaro spent several years upgrading the property, and part of his efforts included expanding the main residence as Wright outlined in blueprints. Throughout his renovations, Massaro felt compelled to stay true to Wright’s design aesthetic. In fact, he claims an interest in architectural detail was inspired by his time on the island. A tour through the home reveals boulder stones decorating the concrete walls, a 1950s retro kitchen and a geometric skylight, designed like a maze of triangles, hovering near the center of the home. Related: Frank Lloyd Wright architecture school grad built this beautiful desert shelter for $2K There’s more to be dazzled by than the interior; the cottage also offers stunning views of Lake Mahopac. With a guest house, tea house and a dock on the premise, it’s the perfect family vacation spot. Thanks to a wraparound patio and huge windows, it’s easy to forget one is just a short flight away from Manhattan . If leaving in a hurry, residents can take advantage of the rooftop helipad (helicopter not included) and make it to the Westchester County Airport in just 4.5-minutes. In an interview with Mansion Global , Massaro revealed that some of his inspiration was received while he was sleeping. In fact, he claims Wright visited him in a dream and shared the idea for custom-colored lighting. “I said, ‘Well Frank told me to do it,’” said Massaro. ”Detail was not is in my DNA until I stepped out on that island.” Whatever inspired the renovations in line with Wright’s work, we’re glad, for it’s an absolutely breathtaking property. + Chilton & Chadwick Via Apartment Therapy Images via Chilton & Chadwick

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Taliesin West students built protective desert shelters using mostly local materials

June 14, 2016 by  
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The project was initially conceived as individual exercises where Daniel Chapman, Mark-Thomas Cordova, Jaime Inostroza, Dylan Kessler, Pablo Moncayo, Natasha Vemulkonda, and Pierre Verbruggen were to design and build their own temporary shelters . The plan changed due to harsh desert conditions, and the students, guided by their instructor David Tapias, ended up designing a collective shelter. Related: Stunning Prefab by the School of Frank Lloyd Wright The students took only 12 weeks to build their designs, which comprise two shelters and a gathering space, using materials found on-site as well as inexpensive materials sourced from warehouses. Future students will use the shelters during their time at Taliesin West  and transform and document them on the little maps website. + Taliesin – Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture + Little Shelters Via Archdaily Photos by Nathan Rist

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Culinary artist creates perfect gingerbread replica of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater

December 24, 2015 by  
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Was Star Wars’ Naboo secretly designed by Frank Lloyd Wright?

December 18, 2015 by  
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A Bay Area commuter approaching Terra Linda from US 101 will notice something strange just east of the freeway in San Rafael. A futuristic, robin egg blue spaceship emerges majestically from the expansive landscape, then transforms into a massive structure that is dwarfed only by the two valleys it spans. This unusual and eyecatching building, the Marin County Civic Center , was nominated in early 2015 for the UNESCO World Heritage List and is best known as Frank Lloyd Wright ’s final and largest public project. But to science-fiction fans the striking structure carries a different meaning, as it was an inspiration to both George Lucas in Star Wars , as well as science fiction director Andrew Niccol. Read the rest of Was Star Wars’ Naboo secretly designed by Frank Lloyd Wright?

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Singapore’s solar-powered Sky Terrace residential towers combine all the best of green living

December 18, 2015 by  
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Airbnb makes it easy for architecture fans to sleep in style with their favorite architects

June 10, 2015 by  
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Solar-powered Smart Palms provide beachgoers with Wi-Fi and charging stations

June 10, 2015 by  
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Melodie Dearden Creates a Perfect Gingerbread Replica of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater!

December 24, 2014 by  
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We had to share this ambitious gingerbread masterpiece replicating in small scale Frank Lloyd Wright ‘s Fallingwater, created by culinary artist Melodie Dearden. On Dearden’s  Garden Melodies  blog, she shares the painstaking process of building such an intricate model from baked gingerbread sheets and quite a lot of frosting. For those not familiar with Fallingwater , it was built in the late 1930s in Western Pennsylvania, and it is famous for its cantilevered structures that peer, somewhat treacherously, over a waterfall. This home is a complicated plan that appears to float above the water, making it that much more challenging to recreate with only sugar to hold your building together! Read on to see how Melodie pulled it off. Read the rest of Melodie Dearden Creates a Perfect Gingerbread Replica of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Architecture , baking , Christmas , DIY , Falling Water , frank lloyd wright , gingerbread house , Holiday

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Planning Inspector Nixes Plans for Frank Lloyd Wright House in Bristol

November 10, 2014 by  
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Frank Lloyd Wright enthusiast Dr. Hugh Petter wants to build a Wright-designed home in Tyntesfield Springs near Bristol in the UK, a house originally designed in 1947 for the O’Keefe family in California. Dr. Petter negotiated for eight years with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation to gain permission to build the unrealized design in the UK, but now a city planning inspector has blocked plans for the home submitted by Stephen Brooks Architects on grounds that it is not of “exceptional quality or of an innovative nature.” Read the rest of Planning Inspector Nixes Plans for Frank Lloyd Wright House in Bristol Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bristol , edward gerry , frank lloyd wright , Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation , hugh petter , north somerset council , O’Keefe family house , stephen brooks architects , tyntesfield springs , UK

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