bohlin cywinski jackson sites new dwellings next to frank lloyd wright's fallingwater
 

bohlin cywinski jackson sites new dwellings next to frank lloyd wright's fallingwater

 

bohlin cywinski jackson has completed four dwellings at high meadow, the new home base for fallingwater institute’s summer residency programs in architecture, art, and design. located on a historic farm adjacent to frank lloyd wright’s renowned pennsylvania residence, the site’s original 1960s cabin was deemed too small to meet the institute’s growing demands. consequently, after exploring a variety of design options, it was decided to double the property’s capacity.

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all images by nic lehoux, courtesy of bohlin cywinski jackson

 

 

in order to reduce the project’s physical footprint, bohlin cywinski jackson elected to rest the four new abodes above ground on a network of nimble steel columns. each of the units offer framed views of the surrounding hilltops, and contain a desk, closet storage, full bathroom, and two twin beds. internally, the scheme’s durable materials and finishes have been pared back in order to lend a ‘sparse elegance’ to the space.

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a communal area offers views across the rural surroundings

 

 

the building’s main entry welcomes visitors into a central screened porch, which joins the new architecture to an existing cabin and serves as the outdoor gathering and dining space,’ says bill james, project architect from BCJ’s pittsburgh office. ‘a horizontal screen, made of norway spruce harvested and milled on site, extends from the main cabin and continues along the walkway leading to the dwellings.’

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made of norway spruce, a horizontal screen was harvested and milled on site

 

 

the project received the 2016 AIA pennsylvania silver medal, with the jury stating: ‘the scale and materiality of the building is in great contrast to the beautiful background. the graceful addition to the existing structure successfully provides new public and private amenities.’ fallingwater institute will begin its second season of increased operation in spring 2017.

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the device extends from the main cabin and continues along the walkway

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the dwellings are accessed via an elevated ramp

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the units are located on a historic farm adjacent to frank lloyd wright’s renowned project

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the eight residences are elevated above ground on a network of nimble steel columns

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  • The conceptual planning is very wise: multi-unit hotel / hostel style housing, floating above the ground on the edge between field and forest.

    The design execution is all over the map​. It looks like there were 8 different architects working on this project, each with their own idea of what the project should be.

    Tom Schroeder
  • Hmmmm… Looks more like inexpensively rented commercial space. I see a Realtor, Dentist and paddleboard rental outfit based there.

    Jim

    JimCan

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