A visit to Taliesin West

Taliesin West is located¬†in Scottsdale, Arizona. Like the original Taliesin in Spring Green, Wisconsin, Taliesin West is both a home and a laboratory for Frank Lloyd Wright’s building concepts. It’s also a home for the School of Architecture, which FLW organized¬†with a hands-on, apprenticeship type of approach.

The surrounding landscape is, to be blunt, brutal. The number of plants that can cause serious pain is stunning. The cholla cactus thrives and seems to stalk the unwary hiker. Thorns easily penetrate thick-soled running shoes.

The built environment, however, makes up for the nastiness of the natural environment. The property, with its multiple structures, is a testament to FLW’s genius for creating compelling spaces, and advancing the art of building. The use of indigenous materials, in this instance, was successful in tying the structures to the site, as well as being economical.

A visit to Taliesin West

The Wrights’ living room at Taliesin West.

A visit to Taliesin West

A sculpture at Taliesin West that FLW picked up during his travels.

A visit to Taliesin West

Another view of the Wright’s living room. The space has a dramatic feel, yet it’s still warm. Abundant windows draw your gaze to the outside.

A visit to Taliesin West

More Asian art from Frank Lloyd Wright’s collection.

A visit to Taliesin West

The Cabaret at Taliesin West displays a remarkable understanding of acoustics. Our tour guide could speak at conversational volume and be heard 20-30 feet away.