There are some places and spaces that are timeless owing to their uniqueness. While exploring such inspiring spaces one cannot resist but take a look back in time where all these masterpieces dwell. They are beacons that continue to inspire many modern structures of today.
One such timeless piece is the ‘Falling Waters’ by one of the masters of modern architecture Frank Lloyd Wright. Completed in 1939, the house was designed to be a private retreat in rural Pennsylvania for the Kaufmann family. It is considered to be a masterpiece reflecting Wright’s organic philosophy that was influenced by Japanese architecture. His designs were an extension of the ‘form follows function’ idea of his mentor Louis Sullivan.
Falling Waters is a perfect example of this thought with the structure blending seamlessly into its natural surroundings. The house is built over a ledge beneath which flows an active waterfall. Keeping the natural elements intact, the house uses the contours of the site to evolve into an organic space perfectly in balance with nature. The interior space retains the connection with exterior space with existing boulders, waxed stone flooring and other natural elements. Glass panes and metal frames seamlessly connect inside and outside spaces unobtrusively while sounds of nature and trickling water provide a melodious backdrop.
Falling Waters keeps inspiring future generations of designers who tread the path of organic architecture. It is a National Historical Landmark of USA. Such is its value that it is the first work of modern architecture nominated by the United States to the UNESCO World Heritage List.