Inspiration in the Desert | Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West

Inspiration in the Desert | Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West

When it comes to Prairie Style design, everyone always talks about Falling Water House, which is an amazing piece of architectural history that inspires to this day. Or, they discuss the fascinating tours in Oak Park, Illinois showcasing the plethora of Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpieces. They are stunning examples of the architectural legend’s influential style. In fact, he designed structures throughout the world, including right in the desert of Arizona.

That’s right. Scottsdale, Arizona is home to one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s crowning achievements: Taliesin West. The main building itself is just gorgeous, low and lean, blending into the surrounding landscape the way only a Wright design can. The main room is a staggering 56 by 34 feet and opens onto an equally large patio, perfect for enjoying the desert weather. One of the more unique tours is the fact that lights are embedded inside the columns and structural members, which makes the whole place glow at night.

If you are an architectural student or just feel inspired by the lines of Frank Lloyd Wright’s designs, Taliesin West is a great place to visit. They even have their own School of Design, much like the original, intended purpose. Students spend their first year living in 8’ x 8’ tents. No doubt contemplating design style versus actual needs, beauty versus function. The following year they put all that thought into designing their own individual shelters that are included on a special tour. They are like petite jewel boxes. Mini glass and stone masterpieces. More inspiration. Good stuff.