Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings
Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings is part of the Tentative list of USA in order to qualify for inclusion in the World Heritage List.
Click here for a short description of the site, as delivered by the state party.
- ●● Tentative
The coordinates shown for all tentative sites were produced as a community effort. They are not official and may change on inscription.
Frederik Dawson Netherlands 21.06.15
It seems very strange to me that many reviewers have been to the famous Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York but did not write any review on this stunning piece of architecture, since I visited this museum last month on the special day that the museum was very quiet and almost empty by the change of the whole exhibition, allowing a big chance to admire its architecture detail with almost no restriction to take photo. Located on the famous Fifth Avenue next to the beautiful Central Park, the museum exterior was really stunning with unique design that some people said toilet-liked building, but for me, its pure white colour really reminded me a spinning top, a really contrast to its surrounding of luxury apartments.
Inside, the famous spiral atrium was truly amazing, very futuristic and really beautiful piece of art by itself. The natural light in the atrium from the glass roof was quite a genius as not only bright the atrium hall, but also gave the feeling of warm and soft atmosphere to the whole place. I took an elevator to the top floor; the elevator itself was also quite unique with semi-circular or actually half oval shaped. From the top floor I walked on the ramp to the lower floor. Since there was no exhibition, I really questioned how the museum displays the art, especially painting with slope floor and little bend out wall. I continued to other exhibition halls and other small atrium. The small almost circle shaped atrium, while not grand like the main one, but still lovely to see for its nice design that plays with light. Another beautiful and stylish piece of architecture is the triangular shaped staircase, which was used as an alternative way to go up and down instead of the ramp of the main atrium. I also found out that the shape of toilet rooms are also in half oval shaped, a really nice design to use leftover space, but the unusual shaped also made toilet too big and load of unused space.
I really enjoyed my time in the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and really admired Frank Lloyd Wright’s creativity for his unique design in the atrium and staircase, maybe too futuristic but unbelievably provided the sense of softness and touchable in the same time. Too bad that this is just my second times to admire Frank Lloyd Wright’s works, another one is Hollyhock House in Los Angeles, and each site gave me the totally different experiences on this famous architect and made me a little bit confusing in his styles and overall idea. Anyway in my opinion I totally agreed that this nomination by USA to World Heritage Site programme is truly justified its place on the list.
Boj Philippines & China 15.06.15
I will be among one of the many who will happily cheer when Frank Lloyd Wright's buildings get listed as World Heritage in 2016. I was able to visit two nominated sites in May 2015 - the Guggenheim Museum in New York, and Taliesin West in Arizona.
Taliesin West is indeed a masterpiece; a building that is alive and blends well with its environment. Wright's concept of organic architecture is beautifully manifested in the construction materials (stones with desert varnish). From the inside, the arrangement of windows and passageways naturally "frame" the desert landscape outside. The nearby hill is also enhanced by the house's slanted rooflines. Simply put: architecture as poetry!
Why isn't the Bradley House in Kankakee Illinois (USA) included? It is a beautiful Frank Lloyd Wright home that is often forgotten. While in High School I worked there as a hostess for the Yesteryear Restaurant. There is a stream flowing beneath the home and it displays beautiful architecture.
Kyle Magnuson United States of America 25.07.12
Probably the United States greatest architect with a far-reaching influence, this nomination should be an early inscription on the new US tentative list. By every definition a site of outstanding universal value.
I visited 6 of 10 sites included in this nomination.
- Herbert and Katherine Jacobs House (Madison, WI)
- Hollyhock House (Los Angeles, CA)
- Marin County Civic Center (San Raphael, CA)
- Taliesin West (Scottsdale, AZ)
- Unity Temple (Oak Park, IL)
- The Guggenheim Museum (New York City, NY)
In the near future I hope to visit one other site located in Wisconsin, since I have family there. The nomination covers many iconic structures of Frank Lloyd Wright's long career that extended seven decades. When inscribed the Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings will be an excellent addition to the world heritage list.
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