What Frank Lloyd Wright's unrealized projects look like


American architect Frank Lloyd Wright (1867 – 1959) was born on June 8. Everyone who is fond of architecture knows his house. And what would his unrealized or lost projects look like today? Thanks to David Romero's visualizations, we now have an answer to this question!

Render of Holy Trinity Chapel and sketch by Frank Lloyd Wright.

“We are constantly using rendering tools such as Autocad, 3ds Max and Photoshop to show things that don't exist yet. And I thought: why not try to see with their help something that has never been or has already disappeared, & nbsp; – says architect David Romero about how the idea of ​​the Hooked On The Past project came about.

Visualization of the Gordon Strong Automobile Objective – a building, according to the idea, combining the functions of a planetarium, a parking lot and a restaurant – and work on it.

Its main character was the cult architect Frank Lloyd Wright, half of whose works & nbsp; – 660 out of 1171 (!) & Nbsp; – were never implemented, and some have disappeared forever. “From the very beginning, I tried to make my visualizations a kind of time machine: we seem to be transported into the first half of the 20th century to see these buildings as their contemporaries would see them. The creation of these images & nbsp; is my hobby, which I devote a lot of time to. I communicate on forums, study responses and listen to constructive criticism. & nbsp; There is enough of it: the renderings look a little different compared to Wright's drawings, but in reality, the drawings rarely completely coincide with the already built building. With the help of plug-ins that convey the texture of boards or textiles, sky and environment effects, images of retro cars and other signs of that time, “photoshopped” traces of wear from rain and dirt, I strive to show how great architecture looks from the point of view of an ordinary person. ” p>

Home of sisters Rose and Gertrude Pawson

Terrace at the home of sisters Rose and Gertrude Pawson. Interior details David Romero borrowed from rare surviving photographs. Home of sisters Rose and Gertrude Pawson at different times of the day.

Basically, in the work, you have to focus only on Wright's drawings and drawings, sometimes you are more lucky – say, photos of the interior of the house of the sisters Rose and Gertrude Pawson have been preserved. Built in 1940, the building overlooking the Mojave Desert burned down after just 2 years & nbsp; – most likely, the ember from the fireplace set fire to the curtains, which were also designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and reproduced in his visualization by Romero.

The drawing of the curtains is reproduced from the photo. It was they who caused the fire, due to which the house did not survive.

Holy Trinity Chapel

Frank Lloyd Wright did not design the interior of the chapel – work on the project was completed earlier. Chair and stained glass windows – rethinking the legacy of the architect by David Romero. p>Sometimes the work was interrupted at the initial stages. This is the story of the Holy Trinity Chapel for the University of Oklahoma in Norman & nbsp; – immediately after the drawings were shown, the customer abandoned the project: in his opinion, the chapel should have been attached to the historic university building, and the architect insisted on a separate building. David Romero admits that the stained glass windows and the pulpit of the chapel, which remained on paper, & nbsp; – his personal fantasy on the topic, however, the most consistent with Wright's aesthetic views and technological capabilities of those years.

Vintage cars on renderings are Romero's favorite trick.

Larkin Headquarters

Using plugins, you can accurately convey the texture of the material and even traces of time.

Another loss & nbsp; – the headquarters of the soap factory “Larkin”. The building existed for almost half a century & nbsp; – from 1904 to 1950 & nbsp; – and was demolished after the company went bankrupt, and the land was bought for a parking lot. However, the parking lot was never built & nbsp; – but Frank Lloyd Wright's masterpiece was already destroyed.

Larkin Headquarters at different times of the day. The interior has been restored from surviving photographs and sketches.

Butterfly Bridge

Frank Lloyd Wright considered bridges with steel structures obsolete, so he proposed a reinforced concrete option.

The Butterfly Bridge was to be the second across the San Francisco Bay. In 1957, a 5-meter model of an organic-shaped reinforced concrete structure delighted both the city administration and its residents. According to recollections, the pavilion where Wright presented his project was overcrowded. However, the implementation turned out to be too expensive, and then the idea of ​​a railway tunnel built in 1974 became more attractive.

Smith House

Rendering of the Smith house. Sketch by Frank Lloyd Wright and work on the visualization of the Smith house.

The House in the Pines & nbsp; is another project left only on paper. His customers were the Smith family, but for some unknown reason, construction in the forests of California did not begin.

David Romero continues his project, meticulously recreating Frank Lloyd Wright's designs from drawings. “In the process of working on models, I sometimes have a kind of feeling of & nbsp; – almost sacred awe when masterpieces of architecture that no one has seen appear on the monitor screen. I sincerely hope that all fans of Wright's work can feel it too. ”

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