Fans of Frank Lloyd Wright have long considered Florida Southern College to be the Mecca of the architectural world. With a masterplan of 12 Frank Lloyd Wright structures, it is the largest single-site collection of his architecture – a Disneyland for design connoisseurs. And, remarkably, it continues to grow. Its thirteenth Frank Lloyd Wright building has just been completed with the recent realisation of an unbuilt 1939 design – the first of his buildings to be constructed for the original client on the original site since 1966.

One of Wright’s Usonian houses (designed as small, affordable American family housing), the structure was originally intended as faculty accommodation but will now function as a Frank Lloyd Wright museum with a focus on his work at the Florida campus. Newly erected to the original plans, the house is instantly recognisable as the work of FLW with its intricate, interlocking textile blocks (1,978 of them), flat roof and use of stained glass. The only difference with the Wright buildings we know so well is the freshness of the wood which gives a redish glow to the house that with time will gain a familiar
patina.


Frank Lloyd Wright at Florida Southern College
http://www.franklloydwrightatfsc.com/

Tours of the FLW buildings can be arranged daily:
https://www.flsouthern.edu/fllw-visitors.aspx



Building to Blueprints from the Archives: The New Trend in Architecture?

When the contemporary architectural skyline is dominated by the sweeping curves of a new Zaha Hadid building or the burst of energy emitted by a Frank Gehry, it is easy for forget the brilliance of architects like Wright. But reviving unbuilt designs by modern masters could be something of a trend; earlier this month during Art Basel Miami, Louis Vuitton constructed a never-realised beach house by Charlotte Periand. And there could be more FLW to come – there are blueprints for five more Wright buildings at Florida Southern College that were never built.