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Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959) was an American architect widely recognised for creating the first domestic American architectural style, referred to as the Prairie Style. Wright believed we all have the right to live a beautiful life regardless of economic or social status and in his work he pioneered the open floor plan, championed new building techniques and cultivated a tradition for the use of natural and local materials. Wright considered a buildings interior as important as its exterior, designing everything from furniture to graphics, and by doing so started the tradition of the multidisciplinary architect office which is common practice today.
Landmark buildings that have become subject to world wide pilgrimage for generations of architects, such as Falling Water (1935) and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (1956), further establishes Wright as one of the greatest architects of the twentieth century.
The Ennis House
The American architect Frank Lloyd Wright created four houses in California in the 1920’s known as the “textile block” houses in which he transformed the artistically limited material concrete, in to a construction element of extraordinary qualities. Each of these houses were built using a system of square concrete blocks with a unique graphic pattern. The patterns that decorated the blocks drew influences from nature as well as the pre-Columbian architecture of Mexico and Central America.
The mesmerising pattern for the concrete block of the last remaining of Frank Lloyd Wright’s textile houses called The Ennis House (1924) has been seen as the backdrop of futuristic movies, Blade Runner, and it has made an impact in architectural history.
The Ennis house was designed for Charles and Mabel Ennis and is the largest and the only one of these experimental buildings that remains intact. Today the Ennis house is privately owned and it is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
For more information, visit the Frank Loyd Wright Foundation website. http://franklloydwright.org/site/ennis-house/
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