An Animated Tour of Fallingwater, One of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Finest Creations

Fallingwater was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1935. Construction began a year later and was eventually completed in 1939. Many consider Fallingwater one of Wright’s finest creations. Hence why Smithsonian Magazine counted it as one of the 28 Places to See Before You Die. Now, thanks to the mini movie above, you can watch the building of Fallingwater take place right before your eyes, and then take a tour of the house. It’s all done in computer graphics and runs 4+ minutes. And, as one reader tells us, the “video is as real as it gets.” You can learn more about the film and the house at this web site.

For more Frank Lloyd Wright, you’ll also want to visit the R.W. Lindholm Service Station, a gas station designed by the famous architect in the 1930s. We’ll take you on a virtual tour right here.

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  • Annie Kennedy Braun says:

    Have seen this! It is beautiful!!! What a wonder work of art!!!!

  • Tamaresque says:

    Is there any way to slow this down to half speed? Far too much to take in at the speed it’s being played at.
    As to the ‘house’ itself; it’s not a house, it’s a castle! What an imagination he had to be able to design such a building in such an unusual position and make best use of the natural features existing there.

  • Wonderful film but far too fast. It’s supposed to be a place of great beauty, in harmony with its surroundings. We need to take it in slowly.

  • Anthony Picco says:

    Great animation and the visuals help me understand how the place was designed but one quarter of the 4 minutes is credits!

  • Toad says:

    Here’s a link some might find interesting, a discussion of the notorious problems with the structural design of the house. It discusses the problems in a brief but very technical way, but also puts them in context, eg: “After 70 years, a little structural problem on the best house ever designed doesn’t strike me as something that raises any kind of revisionist issues in terms of Wright’s career. He was working on some kind of edge, and a certain amount of risk is entailed.”

  • Carl Russo says:

    It would be even more incredible to see humans in the process of building this masterpiece.

    I visited Fallingwater and was struck by how FLW designed the low doorways for its family of short people.

  • Angela Smith says:

    This must be one of the most stunning houses ever built in the modernist style. Amazing that it almost 100 years old – FLW was a visionary and so ahead of his time.

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