The Importance of Learning from Building Buildings

Frank Lloyd Wright

Christopher Platt
29.05.18

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Watching the BBC4 documentary on Frank Lloyd Wright last night was timely valuable reminder of just how astonishing the range and quality of his output was; sufficient material for an entire series. Take the Johnstone Wax Building, whose astonishing top-lit hypostyle hall was a response to dismal and uninspiring surroundings. Who could have imagined that a place of work without any views could also be a world class piece of architecture and a much-loved and still in use workspace? Wright’s work is a testimony to the importance of learning from building buildings-in his case, hundreds of them and developing ideas through practice, rather than theory.

 
 

Project
Johnson Wax Headquarters

Client
S.C. Johnson & Son

Year
1939

 
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