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Ilze Kasa

Synopsis

Frank Lloyd Wright architecture has had a massive influence in the history of
modern design. He has been depicted as one of the first architects to break with
eclecticism and to establish a new style of taking into account spatial conception
of interpenetrating planes and abstract forms.
Frank Lloyd Wright was born in 1867 and as a child he worked on his uncles
farm. It was from here where he was influenced by nature through focusing on
trees, slopes and blossoms from which he
strayed into dreams of unique
structures and shapes.
Another critical developmental impact on Wright was Froebel" blocks. He got
incredible pleasure from masterminding these straightforward geometrical
structures into formal examples coordinating his natural compositional sense.
Frank Lloyd Wright worked for Joseph Lyman Silsbee, who was a designer of rural
houses. Through learning and working for Joseph Wright started to adapt much
about the fundamental business of residential plans and he inundated himself in
the common methods of suburban construction modelling.
Later on he worked for Louis Sullivan, who was involved with developing the
standards and forms of organic architecture. After he left Wright set up his own
practice which was near by his own house that he designed at the young age of
22. This house was built in 1889 in Shingle style which was influenced by Silsbee.
The house had features like an overhanging roof, a porch and a centrally
positioned hearth. The entire structure was astutely controlled by axes in a
manner that there was a feeling of rotation about the focal core in the house.
One of Wright's leap forward building was Winslow House. The building was
made using light hued Roman bricks and the principle veneer is symmetrical
around the front entrance. The second storey was covered in dark terracotta with
the chimney being long and low. The rooftop was low and wide with overhang
roof that had deep eaves. Wright's arrangements were sensible and worked all
around to coordinate every clients necessities.
Frank Lloyd Wright first got to be known for his Prairie Style of building design
which consolidated low pitched roof tops, overhanging roofs, open floor plans,
horizontal lines and a focal fireplaces.
Wright liked to read books about Japanese architecture, later in 1905 he visited
the country. He was amazed by the refined proportions, the utilization of humble
materials and the ingenious layout in nature. Wright was looking for an integral
three dimensional expression in which the outside of building would convey
inside volumes, and in which human scale would penetrate all the parts of the
building. This knowledge provided Wright to look deeper into instinctive
apprehension of greater spiritual principles.
The Willits House was an early attempt by Wright to convey his recently
perceived hypotheses. Looking back at all his work during 20 years he tried to
consolidate his own ideas into guiding principles of his domestic designs.

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One of the clearest examples of Wright's vision of the Prairie house ideal was
Robie House, which was built in 1908 and had solid exterior horizontal lines, lowpitched rooftops, long windows and used natural materials. The light-filled open
arrangement was amazing in its effortlessness, including a living and eating
space which was separated just by a focal fireplace. Entryways and windows of
leaded glass lined the room flooding the inside with light.
Frank Lloyd Wright is generally viewed as the best architect of the twentieth
century. This is because he culminated an unmistakably American style of
building design that underscored straightforwardness and common excellence.