Let’s Go Visiting: Frank Lloyd Wright

The main reason I was really excited to go to Scottsdale, Arizona during June was not the fact that it was going to be 106 degrees every day, but that it provided me the opportunity to visit Taliesin West, architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home and studio. I’ve visited several other Wright properties over the years, and while there is genius in all of them, Taliesin West  is now my favorite – it spoke to the landscape so beautifully.

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The architectural details are wonderful – I love these glass corners:

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There were unique uses of shape and color:

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Sculpture is integrated everywhere – some of it even embedded into the structure.

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This Buddha head was Wright’s favorite – he hand carried it between his homes.

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Photography was not allowed in most of the interior spaces, so there are many details I can’t share. One highlight was Wright’s personal bathroom, which had a small footprint but a very high ceiling. The lower portion of the room (including the fixtures) was entirely stainless steel, while the upper portion was the desert stone masonry rubble construction seen throughout the property. The contrast of the stainless steel with the roughness of the upper walls was stunning.

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If you find yourself in Scottsdale, Taliesin West is well worth a visit. There are beautiful architectural moments at every turn.

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