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Frank Lloyd Wright's La Miniatura (1923)

Claire Sullivan - Sunday, August 16, 2009






A fantastic example of Frank Lloyd Wrights signature style modular patterned masonry, the La Miniatura was constructed in 1923 in Pasadena California. It's method of construction consisted of stacking concrete blocks three inches thick, cast in molds, next to and on top of one another without visible mortar joints.  Wright's attitude to using concrete made him a unique icon amongst other great architects of the time.

"What about the concrete block? It was the cheapest (and ugliest) thing in the building world. It lived mostly in the architectural gutter as an imitation of rock-faced stone. Why not see what could be done with that gutter rat? Steel rods cast inside the joints of the blocks themselves and the whole brought into some broad, practical scheme of general treatment, why would it not be fit for a new phase of our modern architecture? It might be permanent, noble beautiful."

And indeed it was, and still is.

Architectural Beauty

Claire Sullivan - Friday, August 14, 2009




Some amazing architectural photography using some of Brazil's most iconic architectural marvels as the subject by photographer Guido Mocafico. 

To see more of his work visit his website here.