Frank LLoyd Wright: Vol. 3, Complete Works, 1943-1959
Reprint under consideration
Peter Gössel (ed.), Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer
Taschen, Köln, 2009
out of print
Part of an exhaustive three-volume monograph featuring all of Wright’s 1,100 designs, both realized and unrealized. This volume covers the postwar years and the ‘living architecture’ period.
Together with two forthcoming companion titles, this three-volume monograph will cover Wright’s entire oeuvre, from his early Prairie Houses, through the Usonian concept home and ‘living architecture’ buildings, to late projects like the Guggenheim Museum and his fantastic vision of the ‘living city.’ Author Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer, who served as Wright’s apprentice during the 1950s, highlights the latest research and gives fresh insights into the work, providing new dates for many of the plans and houses. A wealth of personal photos also illustrates the working routine at Frank Lloyd Wright’s fellowship.
This volume starts in 1943, when Wright’s organic ‘living architecture’ introduced ideas for the use of solar energy and curved open spaces. In addition to many private projects and the Guggenheim museum, the period up to 1959 includes Wright’s astonishing plans for a new Baghdad, his only realized high-rise tower in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, the crystal figure of the Beth Sholom Synagogue in Pennsylvania, and plans for an endless row of houses with floor plans based on hexagons.