‘Wright Virtual Visits’ – the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright

Taliesin West. Photograph: Jill Richards. Courtesy The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Arizona, USA

“The mission of an architect is to help people understand how to make life more beautiful, the world a better one for living in, and to give reason, rhyme, and meaning to life.” – Frank Lloyd Wright, 1957

Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959), was a remarkable American architect, interior designer, writer, and educator who nurtured his extraordinary architectural vision through innovative design, as well as teaching and by bringing a number impressive architectural projects to realisation. He did this not simply for the sake of creating a stand-out building, but to enhance the experience of life with beauty, he worked towards harmonising the building with its inhabitants, the interior, and the environment, to become one organically wholesome architectural delight.

Fallingwater extension. Courtesy of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, USA

Wright’s journey in architecture began at the age of 18. Although he had many successes during his 70-year career, his life was at times challenging and fraught with devastation. To read more about the architect’s fascinating life click here.

A new social media initiative called Wright Virtual Visits, hosted by the The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, highlights 12 of Wright’s magnificent built designs, in the digital world. Audiences are invited to view short videos, which will take them inside and around the treasured buildings with one new site featured every Thursday morning at 10am (AEST), during Covid-19 restrictions. Discover the splendours of Unity Temple, Falling Water and Hollyhock House, among others, from wherever you are in the world. Click here to see the full list of sites that you can explore. #WrightVirtualVisits

Also, using immersive new technology The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, in partnership with The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and Unity Temple Restoration Foundation have created a 3D virtual tour of Taliesin West, Wright’s laboratory and winter residence, which sprawls over a stunning desert landscape in Scottsdale, Arizona. Taliesin West is listed as a UNESCO World heritage site.

Hollyhock House main. Photograph: Joshua White. Courtesy The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Arizona, USA

During this unprecedented chapter of our lives, Covid-19, Jeff Goodman, vice president of communication and partnerships at The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation feels that is important to reach out to the community with cheerful gesture. He shares, “During this time when so many people feel disconnected from the world, we know that when people experience Frank Lloyd Wright designs, it brings them inspiration and happiness. We hope that taking a virtual visit to any of these Wright designs around the country will bring a little joy to their day and bring them into our community that remains connected around our shared passion for beauty, architecture, nature and design.”

The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation cares for the preservation of the remaining built works by Frank Lloyd Wright through advocacy, education, and technical services. “By preserving, documenting and sharing Frank Lloyd Wright’s work, his legacy will continue to educate and inspire future generations,” notes the Foundation.