Taliesin West Constructed
Taliesin West was architect Frank Lloyd Wright's winter home and school in the desert from 1937 until his death in 1959 at the age of 91.
Taliesin West is "the main campus of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture." It houses the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, and is open to the public for tours. It is located on Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard in Scottsdale, Arizona, in the United States. His summer home, Taliesin, is in Spring Green, Wisconsin.
Taliesin West is located in Scottsdale, Arizona, at the bottom of the McDowell Mountains, surronded by the desert. Taliesin West is placed on 600 acres; it is a National Historic Landmark. Frank Lloyd designed and built it; using it as a winter home and school. Some features of the builiding are that it has a drafting studio, dining room, kitchen, theater, a student workshop, housing for student and staff, a pool, terraces, and a garden. It is now a museum were people are able to take tours and view the style and designs that Wright used. The Taliesin West was originally built as a learning place for apprentices who wanted to become artists, Wright would teach and instruct them on how to make designs and work with different techniques and styles; it was also used as a winter home to escape the cold winters of Wisconsin. Wright added many home theatres that were open to the public. There were many movies, plays, and concerts performed at his home theatre.
Frank Lloyd Wright used a technique called Desert Masonry. This is done by using the surrounding rocks of the land and putting them together in no partucular arrangement. Once the rocks are in place, cement is poured to keep the rocks sturdy. Frank Lloyd Wright took advantage of steel when building Taliesin West, using steel allowed a lot of large windows to be installed. Wright also used an open floor plan on Taliesin West. Both the open floor plan and the large windows allowed natural light to flow into the house almost bringing the beauty of the landscape into the home.