Fallingwater is the building selected for the Re-Draw competition.
Register: MAY/07/2021, Submit: MAY/07/2021, Eligibility: Everyone; individually, teams up to 2 members, Fee: 30 EUR (MAR/26 – APR/09/2021), 55 EUR (APR/10 – APR/16/2021), 70 EUR (APR/17 – APR/23/2021), 85 EUR (APR/24 – APR/30/2021), 100 EUR (MAY/01 – MAY/07/2021), Awards: Winner: 1,000 EUR; 6 Honorable Mentions; 43 Finalists; Special Prize – by Fallingwater / Western Pennsylvania Conservacy
The aim of the “Re-Draw” competition is to develop one drawing to ‘represent’ an iconic architecture piece. The participants are asked to draft one image, with absolute freedom of scale, technique, and level of abstraction. We encourage creativity, criticality, and innovation. The drawing can highlight functional aspects of the building, showing a deep understanding of one or more design aspects. It can focus on the aesthetic qualities, experimenting and mastering a drawing technique with hyper-realistic outcomes, or it can be an optical deformation, a caricatural interpretation, a distant abstraction of the built architecture. The drawing can strengthen a conventional interpretation of architecture, or explore a new angle, a new point of view, intellectual and/or physical. The Fallingwater can be portrayed as a whole, apart, or a collage of disconnected moments. The entry is completely flexible and adaptable to the participant’s interpretation.
Fallingwater is the third building selected for the Re-Draw competition.
Frank Lloyd Wright first visited the mountainous site that would become Fallingwater in the winter of 1934. The basic form of Fallingwater as we know it today was probably generated in Wright’s mind at that moment, later being refined as he envisioned its growth. Fallingwater’s horizontal planes and cantilevered designs were not new to the architect – they can be compared to other residences he designed nearly three decades before, such as the Gale House (1909) or the Robie House (1908). The extent of Wright’s engagement at Bear Run was to create a weekend house for the Edgar J. Kaufmann family of Pittsburgh, a progressive family and owners of the city’s largest department store. Constructed as a two-part complex composed of a Main House (1936-1937) and a Guest House (1939), Fallingwater combined innovative engineering and design with modern materials. Wright’s efforts not only enhanced the strength of modernism as a powerful movement against traditional architectural classicism, but also as a form of departure from modernism itself as he sought to balance the relationships between modernist design and the natural environment from which Fallingwater would rise, both literally and figuratively.
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