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Frank Lloyd Wright Drawings Hardcover – September 1, 1996
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303 pages, 309 illustrations, including 134 full colour plates. An authoritative study of his drawings, surveying Lloyd Wright's entire career.
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This book by Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer, who began as an apprentice with Wright at Talesin West, and directs the FLW archives at the FLW Foundation, is a masterpiece of the artistic design of Frank Lloyd Wright. It has more than 300 illustrations, nearly half of those in full-colour plates, in a wide-page format that makes this a great gift book, coffee-table book, and guide for those serious in the arts. An expert with the craft of draftsmanship as well as creative with flair for the artistic/aesthetic side of his buildings and concepts, these images show an astonishing range through the 300 concept pieces, plans, elevations and perspectives contained herein.
Pfeiffer puts these drawings into different categories:
- Residential Designs
- Religious Structures
- High-Rise Buildings
- Civic & Cultural Centers
- Hotels, Inns & Resorts
- Commercial & Educational Buildings
- Architecture & Engineering
- The Imperial Hotel
- Graphic and Decorative Designs
There are fold-out pages, such as the pages that show Wright's concept for the Mile-High Cantilever Sky-City; such designs are unlikely in today's terrorism-conscious culture. Some projects were never completed, such as this, but others, such as Fallingwater and the Imperial Hotel, were completed. Pfeiffer explores the pictures with history, concept, and Wright's own personal ideas included.
A wonderful book!
If you hold out for that one, you won't be disappointed. Nevertheless, this book will get you into the FLW world as well.
Even the greatest of architectural monuments still start out with what might seem relatively ordinary floor plan and elevation drawings, but it is the really the first concrete step toward creating the final building, and Wright was a master draughtsman as well, which this book beautifully illustrates. Also, the floorplan is the only way to visualize the entire internal structure of a building at one glance--even after it's built--since you'd have to remove the roof to see it at that point. :-) Very beautiful and detailed miniature models are often created by architects of important projects, but even those are less common now due to the advent of architectural drawing software, but the original drawings are still a critical part of the overall design process.
If you love Frank Lloyd Wright's architecture, this book will give you a bird's eye view of many of his most important works.