DS26

FLW Hides (i meant at Hyde)

Posted in opinion, other architects, projects by DS26 on 08.16.2010

yesterday we took a stroll a bit south from the house, looking for one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s (FLW) most famous houses : the Robie House.

in rendering, this happens to be one of BobbyZ’s favorite drawings of all time. i concur that it is pretty good (you would not find that kind of drawing at any starchitects office today).

we found the house hidden, a bit, in the intersection of 58th & Woodland Ave… surrounded by beautiful foliage…

the linear design and famed cantilevers are everything everyone (at least in architecture) expects them to be.

robust. strong. present.

even the details are not left untouched by FLW. brilliant pieces that serve mundane functions fill the house.

the window

the water drainage

the light fixture

wait a minute… WHAT IS THIS ?

… as we walked, and marbled, we stumbled upon sign after sign…

WHAT ?!

… and garbage cans… GARBAGE CANS ?!

REALLY ?!

one of the most beautiful shots to be taken, ruined by plastic. like it wasn’t enough we had to deal with people walking around with 80s headphones…

WHO IS THE FACILITIES MANAGER OF THIS PLACE ? ..  a D- for you !

if FLW was alive today, we guarantee he would be apalled by such atrocity.

the man that would detail down ‘wright’ to the benches, lighting, glass, etc…

“no place for crap” we’re sure he would say.

even he would have not guessed that someone would one day ‘MISPLACE’ stuff around his work of art.

as trained architects, walking around.. we were…

saddened. disappointed.  in dismay.

to us… HERE IS HOW IT FELT

PEOPLE, LET’S LET THE PLACE BE WHAT IS…

IN AND OF ITSELF AN ICONIC GEM OF AMERICAN ARCHITECTURE.

( NO NEED FOR SIGNAGE… )


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