A LESSON LEARNED FROM FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT – FROM MAJOR TO MINOR

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.

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