What Designer Do you Admire?

One designer that has always stood out to me is Frank Lloyd Wright. Frank Lloyd was an American architect, designer, and educator in the early 1900s. He is known for designing over 1000 structures and his focus on organic architecture later in his career. Organic architecture is the combination of man-made structures with natural features such as vegetation and water. Many of Frank’s designs use grey brick and wood to blend in with their surroundings. His use of windows and smooth rocks gives his buildings a modern aesthetic. 

Above is a picture of Frank Lloyd’s “Falling Water” in Pennsylvania. Frank’s clever use of the waterfall really makes the building blend in with the forest around it. The surrounding area and the use of warming lighting from within the building give a very calming vibe and make for a beautiful house. 

Aside from Frank’s influential organic architecture designs, he also worked on beautiful buildings in Japan. Above is the Hotel Imperial constructed in 1922. The building was designed to showcase Japan’s modernity and impress American visitors [2]. Floyd’s design work on the building really showcased his talent as a designer and his versatility as an architect. Unfortunately, the Hotel Imperial is no longer standing. In 1945, during World War II, the hotel was destroyed by incendiary bombs. Efforts to reconstruct the building were made, but in the end, it was decided to replace the building with a high-rise structure. 


[1] “Frank Lloyd Wright, the father of architecture,” Scarano Architect, 08-Nov-2022. [Online]. Available: https://scaranoarchitect.com/frank-lloyd-wright-the-father-of-architecture/

[2] Eleanor Gibson, “Frank Lloyd Wright merged Japanese and Western Architecture in Tokyo imperial hotel,” Dezeen, 15-Jun-2017. [Online]. Available: https://www.dezeen.com/2017/06/15/imperial-hotel-tokyo-japan-frank-lloyd-wright-150th-anniversary/.


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  • Heider Iacometti
    March 1, 2023 8:05 pm

    Wow Jose, this is one amazing designer. I especially love your feature image. It looks like some boring, dense forest, with a building in the middle of it. However, for the first time ever, they decided to make the building actually look good! What a concept.

  • Hey Jose, I do agree with the reasonings you listed for why you liked Frank Loyd. The amalgamation of nature and man made structures has quite the analeptic aesthetic. It’s a nice dichotomy to see between the two and I’ve personally always enjoyed seeing those two interact especially when there’s a strong trend to see nature and man made constructions as separate. A question I did have is if you have a favorite design by him and if he has any other designs that have stood the test of time?

    • Jose Salgado
      March 1, 2023 3:49 pm

      I think Falling Water is by far my favourite design from him. I just love the juxtaposition imposed within his organic architecture. He absolutely has more ravishing designs that I would recommend looking at. Take a gander at Unity Temple and the Taliesin.


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