What are some characteristics of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings?


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Frank Lloyd Wright is famous for his prairie-style houses, which feature low-pitched roofs, overhanging eaves, horizontal lines and open interior spaces. Following his philosophy of organic architecture, his buildings harmonize with the form and characteristics of the natural environment around them. Wright also believed in innovation and created some unique-looking buildings that utilized three-dimensional forms rather than following the tradition of ornamenting two-dimensional surfaces.

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Frank Lloyd Wright's work has a varied and evolving style in which no two buildings are alike. The buildings in the Midwest United States are markedly different than ones seen in other parts of the country, mostly because of the differences in the landscape between these regions. A famous example of Wright's organic style of merging a house with the landscape is Fallingwater, where the home blends seamlessly with a waterfall in a lush forest.

One of his most famous buildings is the Guggenheim Museum, which exhibits art in New York City. Wright chose its location near Central Park because it fit his philosophy of blending architecture with nature. The shape of the building is inspired by the Babylonian stepped pyramids, and also emulates features of citrus fruit and nautilus shells. The design maximizes efficiency for peoples' movements in the building, bringing visitors to the top initially, where they descend a continuous spiral ramp. This eliminates the need for people to retrace their steps through already-visited rooms, and the open rotunda provides a view of exhibits on multiple levels.

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