My husband Mark and I recently traveled to Oak Park Illinois, just outside Chicago, to check out Frank Lloyd Wright’s amazing body of work there.
On a short walking tour we saw the exteriors of nine (!) Wright-designed homes as well as one interior and a church that was his first public commission.
My conclusion? Whether he learned Feng Shui formally or not, Wright understood and respected its most basic principles.
Come along on an abbreviated tour, and decide for yourself….
Notice the calming balance of shapes and planes — circles and squares, verticals and horizontals, in combination with the organic nature of the materials and colors. (That’s me in the pulpit 😉 )
This beautifully horizontal home looks like the ultimate nurturing haven for healthy Chi energy.
Arched Entryway: Safe To Come Home To
The archway half-hides the front door, protecting the occupants and respecting the power of the Entryway in Feng Shui.
Grey Peaked House: Connecting With Nature
Bands of windows create wonderful light and views inside, while shielding occupants from the view of passersby.
This is not the first time this idea has been put out there, but few have focused on the Feng Shui of Wright’s work from the beginning of his career (1889-1909), decades before his achievements with Fallingwater and the Guggenheim Museum.
What do you think? Did Frank Lloyd Wright use Feng Shui in his building designs?
(photos by ABG)