ARCHITECTURAL SNIPPET: FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT’S COMPRESSION AND RELEASE

by admin on June 8, 2011

robie house

corset

a little gem that esme learned from her tours of frank lloyd wright’s robie house (near university of chicago) and his home and studio in oak park, was the concept of compression and release.  hearing this expression, architecture was not the first thing to come to esme’s mind.  corsets, wonderbras, uhhhh bread dough…..mmmm….what do you think of?  anyway, no wonder flw had so many children!

architecturally speaking, the phrase refers to a low-ceilinged room or corridor which then leads into a bright, expansive space.  esme actually loved walking through these changing spaces, but then she is a) short, and b) not claustrophobic!  perhaps you will recall that esme loves mri’s!  so……anyway, for those of different stature and mentality, the experience might not be so pleasant.

of course, esme dislikes both compression and expansion when it comes to her own body…..but that’s a completely different story!

always learning something new,

esme

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