When an artist dies, one of the great regrets is how many more works, projects or songs he could have added to his career. Some works we will never be able to know, others are published posthumously after finding recordings and manuscripts, and others remain only projects that were started but never reached their final form. One of the artists who left the most projects unfinished is the master of modernist architecture Frank Lloyd Wright, whose Kaufmann House we know, but also 660 buildings of which the first brick has never been laid.
The Angi architectural studio has taken some of Lloyd Wright’s projects and tried to imagine, using 3D modelling programmes, what they would have looked like if they had been built, carefully following the measurements and materials left by the American architect.
The three completed projects are a lodge on Lake Tahoe, on the border between California and Nevada, and a small stone and wood castle. The second and third projects are both for private homes: the first, known as Mrs. David Devin House, was designed in 1890, while the second was intended for Ayn Rand, the Russian writer and philosopher who founded the Objectivist movement.
Frank Lloyd Wright’s many unrealised projects were well known and have always aroused interest among architectural historians, so much so that in 2017, on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Lloyd Wright’s birth, an exhibition was held at MoMA in New York entitled Unpacking the Archive.
“Devin House was the most challenging project to build digitally, because that particular design looked so different from many of the other houses we’ve seen Frank Lloyd Wright build,” Kaitlyn Pacheco, Content Editor at Angi, told InsideHook.
As we continue to enjoy the lines and volumes of fortunately realised buildings such as the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, it is to be hoped that in the future designs on paper will take shape, as was the case in 2013 on the campus of Florida Southern University, in which a house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1939 was built.