Designing a new footbridge from a path from the main house to the new addition on the left. The house was designed in the 1930's by O' Neil Ford and is in the National Registry. This on on a beautiful
10 acre site in the heart of Lakewood with many trees and creeks. The recent addition we did to the left includes a promontory with a trellis, a negative edge pool, a pavilion, and a exercise room. See Lakewood on the website. The new footbridge spans a creek and is a cable and rail design.
We lost a great architecture critic when we lost David Dillon but we found another when we got Mark Lamster He makes us think about our buildings and our community. He has a new book coming out about Philip Johnson called The Man Who Lived in the Glass House.
When I was a young architect I studied the floor plans of Frank Lloyd Wright because I thought there was something special about them. What I discovered was they were organized using axes. Often there was a major long axis. Then there might be shorter cross axes.
This axial development had several advantages. First, they became a strong organizing influence on the design. Rooms and galleries often happened on both sides of the axis. Also the vistas were quite rewarding when the project was finished. I have been using the principles is my design for several years. Often clients tell me when they see the spaces developed that they now realized how important it was to the design.
What follows is a floor plan of a memorial chapel done by FLLW in the early 1900’s, a floor plan I did in Preston Hollow with some interior photographs demonstrating the principles described above.
A LESSON LEARNED FROM FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT – FROM MAJOR TO MINOR