6 Cottage Houses in the Fallingwater site19. Apr2011
Architects of Vancouver have won a competition to design six houses in the nature reserve surrounding Frank Lloyd Wright's house in Pennsylvania. The six houses will be submerged in the landscape of Bear Run Nature Reserve and provide accommodation for visitors involved in the educational programs.
Architects were chosen as the winner of its first-ever design competition for on-site cottages that will support residential educational programming at the Frank Lloyd Wright masterwork in Fayette County. Architects' winning design for six small, efficient, sustainable cottages will serve as the basis of a final design, to be implemented following regulatory approval and fundraising."In its subtlety, it is provocative and it carries forward the discourse about where architecture can move" the jury said of the winning design. "Its strength is not just in what is included, but in what is left out."
The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, which preserves and maintains , will build the cottages on the grounds of the 5,000-acre Bear Run Nature Reserve that surrounds , some distance from the house itself. The design competition is the first that has sponsored for construction of new buildings on-site. The new cottages will serve an important outreach goal by expanding lodging capacity for participants in diverse educational programs. These unique, educational offerings are tailored to broad age levels and interests - and to people from the Western Pennsylvania region and beyond.
"When Edgar , . entrusted to the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, he envisioned education as a critical component of " new role as a public resource. "He saw as not merely available to the public, but as a force that could continue to drive the development of architecture and good design as well as advance their appreciation and understanding" said Lynda Waggoner, director of and vice president of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. "He said, ' grew and still grows.' We feel that the winning design by Architects will allow to grow by actively demonstrating the principles we espouse: good design in harmony with nature."