Frank Lloyd Wright: A Founder Of Modern Architecture

Very active at the time of the epochal “Modern Architecture” exhibition was another leading exponent of modern architecture, the American, Frank Lloyd Wright.  Although his work was recognized in the 1932 exhibition, Wright was set apart from the practitioners of the International Style because of his “individualism” and “romantic” attachment to nature. Frank Lloyd Wright

He was also a generation 
older than his European counterparts and had actually influenced some of
their work through the publication (1910) in Berlin of the Wasmuth Portfolio of his work. Wright accepted the machine as an aid to
 architecture and made early use of such modern materials as reinforced
 concrete in his compositions of cantilevered roof planes, unornamented
 surfaces, and flowing spaces.

Frank Lloyd Wright House

On the other hand, Frank Lloyd Wright
 believed in what he termed the “organic” use of building materials and
in the close relationship of a building to its site – 19th-century ideas
 rejected by his European contemporaries.

Frank Lloyd Wright 1

His idea of modern organicism
  in such works as the Johnson’s Wax Company Headquarters 
(1937-39) in Racine, Wisconsin, a great space wrapped with brick and 
fiberglass tubing whose roof is supported by slender, mushroom-shaped
columns;  and in the dramatically cantilevered concrete-and-glass 
Kaufmann House, Fallingwater (1936-37), at Bear Run, Pennsylvania.

Frank Lloyd Wright 2

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