Frank Lloyd Wright, Pew House, Shorewood Hills, USA, 1940

Frank Lloyd Wright, Pew House, Shorewood Hills, USA, 1940

Frank Lloyd Wright, Pew House, Shorewood Hills, USA, 1940 ( View in Google Maps )

Frank Lloyd Wright,  was an American architect, interior designer, writer, and educator, who designed more than 1,000 structures, 532 of which were completed. Wright believed in designing structures that were in harmony with humanity and its environment, a philosophy he called organic archotecure.  His creative period spanned more than 70 years.

In addition to his houses, Wright designed original and innovative offices, churches, schools, skyscrapers, hotels, museums and other structures. He often designed interior elements for these buildings as well, including furniture and stained glass. Wright wrote 20 books and many articles and was a popular lecturer in the United States and in Europe.  Wright was recognized in 1991 by the American Institute of Architects as “the greatest American architect of all time”.

The Pew House was Built in 1940, rests on Lake Mendota in the Shorewood Hills neighborhood and is often compared to Wright’s more famous Fallingwater in Pennsylvania. The home was important to Wright because of its location—growing up in the area, he had a special affinity for the lakes. It occupies a long, narrow lot above Lake Mendota.

The Pew House on Lake Mendota in Wisconsin recalls the architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s famed creation, but on a more modest scale. A heavy emphasis on natural building materials, including native limestone and tidewater cypress, which has aged beautifully and still emits woody scent, adds warmth to the space and ties nicely with the pristine lake views.

Constructed both inside and out of overlapping planks of tidewater cypress screwed onto a plywood core, with accents of rough-hewn native limestone, the house is modest at 1,600 square feet. Still, rooms open easily into one another; daylight floods through a large bank of floor-to-ceiling windows on the lakefront; a wide balcony runs across the back, extending the house into the trees. The house is efficient and convenient, with cleverly constructed built-ins: banks of pull-out drawers in the bedrooms, a banquette with storage beneath in the dining room, and cabinets throughout.



Reviewed by :

Rémi Farwati, Elena Giannitsopoulos, Nadir Bouchene, Adela Plasilova, March 2017