Wright Demonstrating the Ideals of Organic Architecture in Taliesin West

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Wright demonstrating the Ideals of Organic Architecture in Taliesin West

Exterior image of Taliesin West, Scottsdale, Arizona “Organic can merely mean something biological, but if you are going to take the word organic into your consciousness as concerned with entities, something in which the part is to the whole as the whole is to the part, and which is all devoted to a purpose consistently, then you have something that can live, because that is vital” (1) (Meehan 52) The famous American architect by the name of Frank Lloyd Wright based his designs on what he called “organic architecture”. His philosophy of what modern architecture should be is one as unique as his buildings, but nevertheless he was a pivotal figure in the
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Wright also believed that through the study of nature one could find specific characteristics to everything and these characteristics make every item be what they are. His philosophy also encompasses the idea that essence, which every item contains, exists before perception. This philosophical view of nature is difficult to apply or relate to a specific building because it is more relevant to the thought process behind the design.
Floor Plan of Taliesin West, Scottsdale, Arizona

Taliesin West is known to be one of Wright’s best examples of organic architecture because it so clearly demonstrates these principles. “The buildings are neither large nor monumental, but they command a presence on the landscape.
Under Wright’s first definition of the word he states an organic building must connect to ground and be close to the outdoors. A primary example of that demonstrates this is the masonry wall surrounding the buildings. This wall creates an extension into the natural landscape and seems to connect them as one. (Pfeiffer) Large openings to the outdoors along with massive windows create a direct link to the outdoor Desert. Wright was also great at capturing views with his huge windows. One of his fellowship workers explains how he would capture two perfect views into one window by framing the mountains in the top

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