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Robie House


The Frederick C. Robie House is a U.S. National Historic Landmark on the campus of the University of Chicago. It was designed and built between 1908 and 1910 by architect Frank Lloyd Wright and it is renowned as the greatest example of the Prairie School style, the first architectural style that was uniquely American. The house Wright designed for Frederick C. Robie is the consummate expression of his Prairie style. The house is conceived as an integral whole—site and structure, interior and exterior, furniture, ornament and architecture, each element is connected. On the exterior, bands of brick and limestone anchor the building to the earth, while overhanging eaves and dramatic cantilevered roofs shelter the residence. The horizontality of the house is reinforced at every level of the design—from the iconic roofline, to the very bricks and mortar of the building itself. Through his use of materials, Wright achieves a remarkable balance of tone and color, as iron-flecked brick harmonizes with the iridescent leaded glass of the windows that encircle the building. Broad balconies and terraces cause interior and exterior space to flow together, while urns and planters at every level were intended to bloom with the seasons. (wikipedia)



Taliesin was the home and estate of Frank Lloyd Wright. It is located south of the village of Spring Green in Iowa County, Wisconsin. Wright designed the Taliesin structure two years after leaving his first wife. The structure was completed in 1911. The Taliesin house had three sections: two broad portions on either end and a narrow connecting loggia. Typical of a Prairie School design, the house was, as Wright described, “low, wide, and snug.” As with most of his houses, Wright designed the furniture. Wright chose yellow limestone for the house from a quarry of outcropping ledges on a nearby hill. Local farmers helped Wright move the stone up the Taliesin hill. Plaster for the interior walls was mixed with sienna, giving the finished product a golden hue. The outside plaster walls were similar, but mixed with cement, resulting in a grayer color. Windows were placed so that sun could come through openings in every room at every point of the day. (information from wikipedia)

Marin County Civic Center


The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Marin County Civic Center is a national- and state-designated historic landmark. Wright’s 770th commission, the Civic Center is the last and one of the most important works by this internationally acclaimed architect who has been described as “one of the most creative architectural geniuses of all time” and “the most original architect the United States has ever produced.” Frank Lloyd Wright died on April 9, 1959, at the age of 92, and did not see his vision completed. The Marin County Civic Center Administration and Hall of Justice buildings dramatically illustrate the kinship of Wright’s architecture to the surrounding landscape. The long horizontal buildings gracefully link the crowns of three separate hills. The circular theme is evident throughout the complex. Materials throughout the Civic Center are simple. Floors are custom-colored composition tile. Walkways and stairs are terrazzo, and partitions are sheet rock. The barrel-arched roof is of pre-cast concrete. The roof is a blue that blends with the sky. Walls are sand beige. Basic construction is pre-cast, pre-stressed floor systems with combined steel and concrete vertical supports. Exterior balconies run down the outsides of both buildings. The decorative arches create a sense of rhythm, and are made of cement stucco on metal laths. Gold spheres outline the entire interior and exterior rooflines. They create the effect of rhythmic unity and exemplify the Oriental influence Wright displayed in his work. They have been likened to raindrops and called, by some, a string of pearls. (wikipedia)

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Interior lighting - Dan Flavin

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is an art museum located at 1071 Fifth Avenue on the corner of east 89th street in the upper east side neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. Frank Lloyd Wright architected this building, now designated the youngest New York City landmark. This museum is a cylindrical building, wider at the top than the bottom, was conceived as a “temple of the spirit”. Its unique ramp gallery extends up from ground level in a long, continuous spiral along the outer edges of the building to end just under the ceiling skylight. (wikipedia)

Taliesin West


Taliesin West was architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home and school in the desert from 1937 until his death in 1959 at the age of 91. Today it is the main campus of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture and houses the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. Wright felt very strongly about the connection to the desert. He said: “Arizona needs its own architecture… Arizona’s long, low, sweeping lines, uptilting planes. Surface patterned after such abstraction in line and color as find ‘realism’ in the patterns of rattlesnake, the Gila monster, the chameleon, and the saguaro, cholla or staghorn – or is it the other way around—are inspiration enough.” The structure’s walls are made of local desert rocks, stacked within wood forms, filled with concrete. Wright always favored using the materials readily available rather than those that must be transported to the site. (Photo via. wikipedia)


falling water

Fallingwater or Kaufmann Residence is a house designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright in 1935 in southwestern Pennsylvania. The house was designed as a weekend home for the family of Edgar J. Kaufmann. This house hangs over a waterfall using the architectural device known as the cantilever. Wright described his architectural style as “organic”- in harmony with nature, and though Fallingwater reveals vocabulary drawn from the International style in certain aspects. The house very much engaged with its surroundings. All of Fallingwater is opened by broad bands of windows, people inside are sheltered as in a deep cave, secure in the sense of hill behind them. Their attention is directed toward the outside by low ceilings; no lordly hall sets the tone but, instead, the luminous textures of the woodland, rhythmically enframed. The materials of the structure blend with the colorings of rocks and trees, while occasional accents are provided by bright furnishings, like wildflowers or birds outside. The paths within the house, stairs and passages, meander without formality or urgency, and the house hardly has a main entrance; there are many ways in and out. Fallingwater opened a new chapter in American architecture, and is perhaps rightly considered Wright’s greatest work, for he was first and foremost an architect of houses. (wikipedia)

Saigon Opera House


This is the Saigon Opera House, as known as Municipal Theatre of Ho Chi Minh City. It is an opera house in Ho Chi Minh City. I think it is the most beautiful building in Ho Chi Minh City. I found this building at night on the way back to the central bus station. That day was a bad day. I ran out of Vietnamese dong, so I went to all kinds of banks in the city would hoping use RMB to exchange some Vietnamese dong. However, none of these banks can make the exchange. I spent whole day and then got nothing. I was upset and then I saw this building. As you can see I toke this picture at night, and it is so beautiful. Seeing this beautiful building made that day not that bad.

Notre-Dam Cathedral




Notre-Dam Cathedral Basilica of Saigon is a cathedral located in the downtown of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. It was established by French colonists who named it Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Saigo. I found this cathedral accidently but I never got a chance to go in. if I can I would like to pray for those kids who are abandoned because of disability. I went to Vietnam as an international volunteer at Hu Chi Minh City for 2 weeks. Basically there are lot of volunteers from different countries, and we have different group for different work. Basically my job was taking care of disability orphans in a temple. Everyday we went to the temple at 8 am and started feeding them breakfast. After that we take them for a walk around the temple, talk and play games with them. After lunch, we put them in bed for napping. These orphans are all disability on mental and physical. The temple is really short of people to take care of these children. They really appreciate volunteers’ help. This cathedral reminds me this meaningful trip of Vietnam.

Notre Dame de Paris


Notre Dame de Paris is considered to be one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture, and is among the largest and most well-known church buildings in the world. The Notre Dame de Paris was among the first building in the world to use the flying buttress. the first time I know this church is when I read Victor Hugo’s novel Notre-Dame de Paris. My favorite character is Quasimodo who is the bell-ringer of Notre Dame and a barely verbal and half-blind hunchback. Because of him I Googled this church and it is more beautiful than I thought. When I saw the picture of this church, it makes me more believed that Quasimodo is real. So if I have chance, I will go to Paris and visit Notre Dame de Paris one day.

Zhengzhou NO.7 High School


This is my high school, Zhengzhou Number Seven High School. This building is the senior grade classroom building. All senior students are going to face their biggest test in their life which is college entrance examination. Because of the large number of population in He Nan Province, students in He Nan have more pressure than other province. College is a transition point for most of Chinese students. Everybody wants to go to college and everyone wants to go to the best college. Therefore, when I at the senior grade, every student spent a year time at this building to prepare their examination. Teachers put slogans on the wall in order to inspire us to study hard and don’t forget our dream. Also, every student writes the name of their ideal college on the desk to remind themselves don’t give up. This building remains every senior student’s happiness, and tears. This building gives me a lot of memories and all the good memories of my high school.