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I can't comment on the House on the Mesa as a precursor to Fallingwater; the stepped window detail made its appearance, sixteen years later, at the Walker house.
This graphic is one which I have not seen published elsewhere. The cantilevering is just hinted at; the novel metallic screening and the fenestration are emphasized.
H o m o s e x u a l i t y wasn't invented in the 'sixties; gays have been found in the arts, and in every other trade and profession, since the dawn of mankind . . .
Ive never really looked that hard at this building.
I'm not used to this kind of grandiose orthognal scale in a Wright house.
(But I've only seen one fuzzy section.)
Of course the cantilevering really interests me.
I think it's Hitchcock who says the cantilever over the pool is 40ft. excluding the copper extension.
The entire structural complex of the second level living room - again another "mystery"
for Carmel, CA, four years before the Walker house there:
All illustrations above © The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives (The Museum of Modern Art | Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York)
From the drawings posted of the Mesa House here are some observations.
The interior perspective of the livingroom is taken looking toward the pool; the main wall facing the viewer leads out to the pool and under the ginormous 40ft cantilever.
That wall is divided in half horizontally. The bottom of the cantilever to the pool begins at that halfway point.
The panels above, the central panel and the panel to the left are sold walls.
Thay must act structurally for the cantilevers, as counterbalance of some sort.
The cantilevers for the livingroom ceiling rest on top of them of these panels and extend in the opposite direction of the pool.
Would imagine some sort of steel tying down the supported ends might extend down through those cilumns and piers maybe even as far as the foundation, but that's just a guest.
Seems that there is a column on each side at the top of the monumental stair that ascends to the living room on the north side.
These columns extend to the roof and catch the beams coming from the south side (pool side).
You can see these columns in plan, but they are more clearly seen and understood from the model shot in Figure 11
of the Old Dominion article by Robert Wojitwicz (sp?) linked above.
I wonder why he chose to put the beams above the roof and not make them a part of the living room interior?
Wonder what he was thinking in terms of the finish of that ceiling as he designed it? Gold?
What am I missing ?
The shot of the model you post (Figure 11) shows two piers or columns rising inside the livingroom in line with the beams.
You can see them clearly through the grid of the stepped curtain "screen" wall.
They are not located beyond the huge fin like beams, they are located directly under the northern end of those beams.
The roof is cantilevered from the beams but the beams themselves I think are simply supported and this was my point.
Could be wrong of course, but don't think so.
You can see the location of those supporting columns in plan too.
They are on either side of the main stair where the main stair reaches the living room.
They can also be seen vaguely in that fuzzy section (Figure 23). They match the pair visible in the interior perspective.
They are smooth columns half way up and then transition to a block type pattern for a capital.
What do you think the unit grid dimensions are?
I counted 95 squares down the loggia (runway) from the entry door to the master bedroom door.
Wright describes the curtains as woven from metal threads.
The cantilevered canopy extends from the mid-height beltline of the room. The beams support it from above.
The minor piers between them do nothing for the cantilever---though they could, if they served as fulcrums for a pair of secondary beams spanning the depth of the living room well below the ceiling . . .
The possibility of the secondary minor cantilever is pretty cool.
- will take a look at that.
Who goes in and out of their pool from their living room?
Steps down to water from living room.