SHOW & TELL // FALLINGWATER

Here’s what our creative director got up to over the Christmas holidays (because Lego’s not just for kids)

Here’s what our creative director got up to over the Christmas holidays (because Lego’s not just for kids)

This is a model of Fallingwater; the Kaufmann Residence in rural Pennsylvania designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Built in the mid-late 1930s, the architecture is striking, not least because it employs a cantilevered construction to extend over the plot’s 30-foot waterfall of the Bear Run tributary of the Youghiogheny River.

“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.” – Frank Lloyd Wright.

Wright designed with the principle of harmony with nature at the forefront, a philosophy he called ‘organic architecture’  – nowhere is this more evident than the Kaufmann Residence.

The Kaufmann family fell in love with Bear Run when they hosted summer camps for the employees of their department store and they used a cabin up there as a rural retreat. When it deteriorated, they contacted Wright.

Fallingwater captured 1930s America’s imagination and in 2007 was named ‘best all-time work of American architecture’ by the American Institute of Architects.

And our creative director was pretty captivated by the Lego project, which uses clear tiles to represent the waterfall and a cunning slot and lock mechanism to bring all the elements of its construction together.

Find out more about Fallingwater at http://www.fallingwater.org and Frank Lloyd Wright at http://www.franklloydwright.org and you can find all of the Lego Architecture series at http://shop.lego.com/en-GB/Architecture-ByTheme

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