Realizing a Wright


After purchasing an 11 acre island in New York, Joe and Barbara Massaro were pleasantly surprised to discover that their new acquistion was the site for an unbuilt Frank Lloyd Wright home. In an article that’s more of a letter-letter to mac’s and Archicad, we learn how architect and Wright scholar Thomas A. Heinz painfully recreated the master’s drawings and did his best to interpret Wright’s intentions – a difficult task considering that the only documentation of the house was in the form of an eighth-inch-scale plan, section, and three elevations.

It’s an interesting article and makes a good argument for the utilization of BIM systems. Heinz used modern technology to stay true to Wright’s methods and planning. Although other Wright designs have been built posthumously, this would be the first since the architect’s death to be built exactly on the site for which it was intended, and very much like Fallingwater, the power and beauty of this house lies in its relationship to the immediate context.

Also, check out the trailer for “Building Wright,” an upcoming documentary focusing on the realization of the Massaro project. – No Place Like (this) Home

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