Master architect Frank Lloyd Wright was an expert at manipulating how his clients would move about his houses. That is particularly evident at Fallingwater, one of his most famous houses nestled in the Pennsylvania countryside about 60 miles west of Pittsburgh where he put nature front and center.
Fallingwater is wondrous to be sure. The dramatic cantilevered terraces over the waterfall, the look of the rooms, the feel of the spaces, the simplicity of the palette, the limited number of materials, and the disciplined spareness of the detailing are captivating. But a visitor who’s allowed to linger and enjoy a quiet afternoon in Fallingwater, as I did when I participated in Fallingwater’s Insight/Onsite program, begins to understand that for Wright the house was also a lens through which the sights and sounds of nature could be viewed, heard and experienced.
Following Fallingwater’s completion in 1937, Wright designed several houses in the Washington area, including the Pope-Leighey House in Alexandria and the Luis Marden House in McLean, and his work influenced the design of many others in the region including the entire Holmes Run Acres neighborhood in Fairfax County.