Visit 3 unbuilt homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright

In the late 1890s, Wright was commissioned to design a home for Chicago matron Aline Devin. He was still building his reputation and working from home – while Devin encouraged him to think unconventionally, she eventually rejected his experimental design, which was atypical of his later work. “The plans were much more unusual than other FLW plans and homes,” the NeoMam team told Wallpaper. “[It] became our favorite because it breaks away from the typical style that FLW is known for. »

In 1923, Wright began drawing up plans for an ultimately unrealized Lake Tahoe summer colony on some 200 acres around Emerald Bay. According to the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, his designs included a collection of cottages along the shore, as well as a fleet of floating cabins in the bay itself. According to the Foundation, Wright’s plans for the Lodge included “massive-walled terraces,” which provided an air of seclusion while anchoring the structure to the mountainside.

There was no commission for the work: Wright apparently hoped to entice Jessie Armstrong, the owner of the land, into a partnership. But the project never materialized. The Studio Cottage he drafted for Rand, meanwhile, is quite evocative of other works – particularly Wright’s iconic Fallingwater. In a 1946 letter to Wright, the author and philosopher wrote that she “gasped” when she saw his drawing.

“It’s the particular kind of sculpting in space that I love and that no one but you has ever been able to achieve,” she said. According to Angi, the cottage was a union of Rand’s “severe streak” with Wright’s love of nature.

The exterior of the Ayn Rand studio in Connecticut, 1946.

“Concrete or stucco terraces pushed out, cantilevered, from a softer fieldstone spine. And Wright’s addition of vines and fountains only heightens the impression of a destroyer rising from the depths of nature.” Rand first contacted Wright in 1937 while researching Fountain’s Head. She insisted that the similarities between him and the book’s protagonist, the uncompromising young architect Howard Roark, were only on the surface, but many – including Wright – saw a much closer resemblance. (“I deny paternity and refuse to marry the mother,” Wright later said of the character and the author.)

Rand envisioned the space as a retreat, to Connecticut — or possibly Los Angeles, if her screenwriting career took off — but she stayed in Manhattan and the project was scrapped. When the designs of an architect, even as renowned as Wright, are introduced into the real world, they must contend with the demands of clients, government agencies, and even the forces of nature.

NeoMam’s 3D renderings represent the closest approximation to Frank Lloyd Wright’s unfettered imagination. “The best buildings had life only on paper,” Wright wrote in his 1943 autobiography. .”

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