The son of a minister and teacher Wright was brought up with literature by Emerson and Goethe and music by Bach and Beethoven. As a result he placed man in the centre of his buildings with human values always being the first consideration in his design process and the industrial revolution gave him the tools to realize his imaginations. Besides his well-known domestic architecture Wright had a great impact on building typologies for other uses including offices, factories, worship and exhibitions.
The Larkin Building was one of the first open plan office buildings where the employee was no longer separated from the employer creating a unique sense of family within a cooperation. This was partly achieved by the simple architecture without the need for any decoration and the arrangement in plan. All back of house areas including stairs were allocated in the corners of the building and structural supports were associated with internal or external screens. Therefore the internal space was free for use.
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Hello - my name is Heidi Mergl, I am a London based Architect and I am a guest blogger for pasinga.com. Antje and I go way back and we share my interest for modern design and architecture. We often feel inspired by the same things and we hope to inspire you too.