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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