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Christian W. Klay Winery



Before visiting Fallingwater, my parents took me to the Christian W. Klay Winery located in the Laurel Highlands.  It was a very nice way to picnic.  We had a wine tasting and then bought four varieties of white and sparkling wines to drink out on the patio.

It was also my grandmother’s birthday . . . She’s so cute!


January 13, 2009 at 2:20 am Leave a comment

visiting Fallingwater



Fallingwater is the most amazing house I’ve ever been in.  Walking around inside, I could hear the sound of the waterfall underneath and, at times, I even experienced feelings of vertigo.  So many elements of the house contributed to these sensations because Frank Lloyd Wright designed the structure to be in complete harmony with its natural surroundings.



Wright used indigenous sandstone for the entire structure.  Above is one of several rooftop patios incorporated into the three-story structure.  The sandstone walls and floors continue into the house.


In the dining room, built-in shelves adorn the sandstone walls.  The sideboard and table are also built-ins designed by Wright.


Above is a built-in office space that is incorporated into the main living/dining area.  The windows here are quite striking, as are all of the other ones throughout the house.


The windows above are from the kitchen.  They seem to connect seamlessly with the sandstone wall.


These windows are interesting because each panel can be opened into or out of the house.  They extend from floor to ceiling.


Adjacent to these windows is a built-in desk with a cutout that allows the floor to ceiling windows to be fully functional.



Beside the desk are more built-in shelves, however these are made from sandstone.  There are also plenty of thoughtful details on the exterior of the building.


The above picture shows how the multi-level house blends artfully into the surrounding foliage.


Even the structural supports are unobtrusively embedded into the landscape.  In fact, Wright designed Fallingwater using a topographical map and the house is built on a rocky plateau cantilevered over a waterfall.



This support beam is designed to leave trees intact and illustrates the importance of nature in Wright’s considerations.


Wright’s belief in a partnership with the environment is also reflected in the waterlanding.  The staircase above connects the living room directly to the waterfall below.



Because of the importance that nature plays in the design of Fallingwater, the lighting is uniquely impacted.  In the bedroom above, there is some natural light that comes in and the artificial lighting is indirect and pointed toward the wall.  This lighting strategy is repeated throughout the house and I’ve included examples below.



Visiting Fallingwater was a really great experience and I wish I had better images to illustrate how special it is.  But all I can do is post one last picture of the space that I find really inspirational.  If only I could make my living room look like this . . . 


January 12, 2009 at 5:07 am Leave a comment


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