Considered one of the most import and influential architects of the twentieth century, Frank Lloyd Wright built this house, Taliesin West, in the Arizona desert near Scottsdale and used it as his winter home and studio complex from 1937 until his death in 1959.
Built as a ‘bold new endeavour for desert living’ in a style that was complimentary to the rugged landscape, it took inspiration from the Pueblo Indians way of living with the maxim ‘form follows function’ always in mind. The design incorporated natural air conditioning, maximised the use of the desert light and brought forward the concept of sustainability.
When Frank Lloyd Wight was in his 80’s, he had more projects on the go than ever. It is quite a testament to his work that people from all over the world come to see how, 70 or so years ago, he brought the idea of modern organic architecture and design to reality.
Taliesin West is now the home of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture.