Spring 2001
Frank Lloyd Wright's Use of
Building Materials

Frank Lloyd Wright's Original Materials
Wally Rogers

Frank Lloyd Wright believed that building materials in their most simplified form were elegant expressions of modern art. By molding unique combinations of brick, concrete, glass, copper, wool, linen and wood, Wright created SAMARA, one of the world's loveliest art forms.
Froebel Materials

Using common building materials, Wright through abstraction transformed the uniqueness of Nature into beautiful homes. There is interconnectiveness in Wright's art forms that unite the most detailed aspects of each design. Nothing is left to chance. Materials are selected that best suit the purpose of the building, a fabric, a fireplace, a rug, a chair or table, and a floor, to name but a few examples of his work.

As a young child, and later as a world-renowned architect, Mr. Wright recognized through the use of building materials three forms of learning: nature (life), knowledge (science), and beauty (art), with the most important being beauty.

The influence of Friedrich Froebel's teaching and learning philosophy on Frank Lloyd Wright is undisputed and most likely, unsurpassed. Through the manipulation of materials (Froebel Gifts) Wright as a young boy beginning no later than age 9 in 1876, with instruction provided by his mother Anna, played with knitted balls, wooden blocks, straight sticks, colored paper, curved wires, rigid slats and soft clay.

Frank Lloyd Wright's Use of Building Materials

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