Will Fagan

Will Fagan

Arcosanti, AZ, US


Taliesin Shelter

The prompt was to design a small (>300sqft), unconditioned shelter for a site of our choosing at Taliesin, Frank Lloyd Wright's home and studio and the Wisconsin campus of the School of Architecture at Taliesin. The design was informed by a case study of a 20th century house, in this case Mies van der Rohe's Farnsworth House. The site I chose was on a steep slope between the Hillside School (1902, 1932) and Wright's Romeo and Juliet windmill (1896). The site is heavily vegetated with prairie grass growing over six feet in hight in places. 

I adapted by Farnsworth floorpan for the site by dividing it into three stepped levels. The prairie grass around it allows for privacy, while the three levels allow for views over the grass from a standing, sitting, and sleeping position. The materials are chiefly glass/framed window screens, cedar board, and steel members painted Cherokee red, to compliment Wright's color and material schemes.

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Status: Built
Location: Spring Green, WI, US