Frank Lloyd Wright is Awesome

As you may know, I’m taking a class on sustainable design right now, and as such I have a paper to write in the next couple weeks! It will be on Frank Lloyd Wright, what he called “organic” design, and the ways in which it resulted in passive design. Ok, so what if I just wanted to use it as an excuse to pour over Wright’s designs for the next couple weeks. Well I won’t bore you now with the details of the paper, but I will share with you a few awesome Frank Lloyd Wright designs that I’ll be ogling over in the coming weeks.

Taliesen West

Located in Scottsdale, AZ, Taliesen West was Wright’s winter home and today it remains the winter home of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. Being in the desert, there are a ton of passive design elements to keep up with the extreme temperatures. It is also a great example of how to condition a building to rely as much as possible on the available sunlight to light a room. I went on a tour through here about a year and a half ago, and the tour is well worth a trip to see it.


The first built of the two Taliesens, this one is located in Spring Green Wisconsin. It also houses the school of architecture students in the remaining season. In it’s history, the house has actually been destroyed by fire and rebuilt not once, but twice within Frank Lloyd Wright’s lifetime!

Chapel of the Holy Cross

Built into the rocks of Sedona, AZ, this is a fantastic example of what Wright’s idea of “organic design” meant aesthetically. This place is just as remarkable inside as it is from the outside. Yes, those are all windows you see, and yes the view from inside is pretty amazing!

The Guggenheim New York

This is a fantastic space for modern art. If you haven’t been here before, the spiral you see on the outside of the building is reflected within as well, gradually taking you up and up through the museum as you look at all the wonderful art exhibited on the way up.

Hollyhock House

Located here in Los Angeles (I’m ashamed to say I haven’t been to see it yet), Wright built this entire house out of poured molded concrete. Oh, and if you’ve seen the Rocketeer, you’ve seen the inside… it was the home of that dastardly Neville Sinclair (played by Timothy Dalton).

Gordon House

This was one of Wright’s many Usonian homes, designed for American families of “widely varying means” with his organic design philosophy, honoring the land on which they were built. This one is located in Silverton, OR.


I hate to play favorites, but this is the one I am most dying to see in person! Doesn’t it just seem magical? It was built for the Kaufmann family in the 1930’s in Mill Run, PA, on top of a naturally occurring waterfall. What  a way to live in the woods, eh?

There are so many more incredible creations from Wright’s prolific career, and there is a plethora of information on each of them, so consider this a teaser.

Tell me, have you ever been to any of Frank Lloyd Wrights architectural creations? What were your thoughts?