Friday, September 2, 2011

Frank Lloyd Wright Weekend!

I have always been a huge Frank Lloyd Wright fan and a few years ago I was in Arizona for work and we were put up in The Biltmore Hotel. This was an amazing hotel that opened in 1929 where Frank Lloyd Wright oversaw the design and construction. 

It has an amazing entrance and lobby area. There are also little bungalows that were added later to the property that were so cute. You could really see the influence that FLW had over this property.

What added to this amazing place was the landscaping! Poppy's, cactus, orange trees were everwhere:

During the trip I took myself out to Taliesin West, Frank Lloyd Wright's winter home and instructional school. From the website:
"Frank Lloyd Wright began building this desert masterpiece in 1937 as his personal winter home, studio, and architectural campus. Located on the beautiful Sonoran desert in the foothills of the McDowell Mountains in northeast Scottsdale, the site offers a broad range of guided public tours. Visitors experience firsthand Wright’s brilliant ability to integrate indoor and outdoor spaces."

  This place still operates as an artictectural school and most of the rooms are still functional as classrooms, dining rooms, and boarding rooms.
 Again, the landscaping was amazing. It also helped that my whole entire trip to Arizona (in January), there was not 1 single cloud in the sky. The sky was this amazing blue color. None of these photos have been touched up or enhanced in any way.

 We also got to tour the inside of the buildings. These chairs were original designs. He built most of the interiors out and designed all of the furniture. Its so interesting to me to design everything within the house as well:
"Wright's creative mind was not confined to architecture.  He also designed furniture, fabrics, art glass, lamps, dinnerware, silver, linens and graphic arts."

 All over the property were these "sprites" seen below, designed by Wright. They were so pretty and whimsical.
 There were a ton of little gardens and spots throughout the property. They all were meaningful and related to the area.
 I loved my trip to Taliesin! I have also seen several other buildings designed by Wright. Look for their entries in future posts!

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