Architectural House Tour II: Fallingwater


To continue on our house tour series, I wanted to share photos from our trip to Fallingwater a couple years back. Fallingwater is a beautiful home beset in a little nook in the woods of Pennsylvania, about 40 miles from Pittsburgh. It was designed in 1935 by Frank Lloyd Wright as a residence for the Kaufmann family (Kaufmann’s department stores). The house was designed to seamlessly merge with its environment with architectural details that are functional and suitable to its surroundings, a term he coined “organic architecture”. In this case, clear windows disappear into natural stonewalls, corners are made of glass for unobstructed views and the foundations are built over a waterfall. Literally. The house features a walkway that leads from the living area to the river below it where the Kaufmann family would relax, sunbathe and even fly fish. Pictured below.




Fallingwater-Cantilever Fallingwater-Living-Room




It’s difficult to convey the sound of the waterfalls and the outdoor smell. The photos I’ve seen or that we took from our visit didn’t seem to do it justice either so if you ever get the chance to check it out, it’s well worth the trek. We love what the home represents. To us it’s a beautiful union between lifestyle and nature and is translated not just in design but also in the materials Wright uses. Its how we strive to live our everyday lives at Nalata Nalata in not just the products that we have around us but, in how we integrate them into our environment with harmony. 

Written by Angélique Chmielewski

Angélique Chmielewski

May 15, 2013

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