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They just can't help themselves, can they: if it's modern, it must have been inspired by Wright. Nothing could be less Wrightian than rows of bright white sheet-rocked cells with punched windows . . .
The Atlanta house is nice enough in its way. I am always comforted by window walls in which an implied wainscot is created by a waist-high horizontal muntin or mullion. Cliff May's prefabs had that feature to their many glazed doors, and I am also reminded of Mies, though his glazing division is generally lower than this, I think.
https://mymodernmet.com/frank-lloyd-wri ... ter-house/
But here's a question I can't answer: is the concrete at Fallingwater "covered in stucco" ? I suppose the lack of texture or even of formwork joints means that there must be more just paint on those surfaces . . .
Wonder what others on the forum have to say.
(aside: the article contains the trope that Wright designed FW in a single morning.
His whole career up to that point was behind that building.
Here is a world historical genius with decades of experience sitting down to draw.
The time it took for him to draw that morning -
ostensibly the time it took to make the trip from Pittsburg in the 30's
- is just the mere tip of the iceberg.)
It troubles me to see "journalism" of this sort, published anywhere. Was popular-culture periodical journalism always this lax ?
I suppose it might have been. We know what to expect from the supermarket check-out tabloids; encountering the word "architecture," though, leads me to expect more, as if serious art was being discussed seriously.
But the personal blog -- no matter the presentation, now that anyone can plug into a site-builder and "print professionally" -- is clearly not edited by anyone but the sole proprietor -- and I've come to expect less from the sole proprietor than from the partnership when it comes to editing and conferring . . . in any phase or department of a going concern ?
The pity of it is, there is no way to correct the record, in this case. (This piece was a Google offering, appearing thanks to my gmail account, apparently, for what that's worth . . .)
accurately about their subject, whatever it may be.
I gained several new pieces of information about the repairs to the building, including confirmation of the function of the four living-room window
mullions, a likely scenario explaining the error that may have been made at Taliesin, and the extent of the invisible repairs that were made.
As the article was written before the work was done, there may or may not be something else to be said about that, I suppose. Also, the author
assumes that Mr Wright did not initially conceive of the structural function of those mullions, an idea I find hard to accept.
"The rounded tops of parapets were formed of a cement and sand blend, applied by hand after the wall had cured. This Ã¢â‚¬Å“cold joint,Ã¢â‚¬Â� where the two applications meet, has resulted in long irregular cracking that also served as an entrance point for water to seep between the concrete walls and its finish stucco coat."
If accurate, a coating of stucco would be the logical solution to create a visually seamless transition between materials of the parapet top and walls... cold joint cracking not-withstanding.