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2014 MOCathalon, Team Plastic Surgeons: Frank Lloyd Wright.
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The Evelyn and Conrad Gordon house in Silverton, Oregon. Designed in 1957. Completed in 1963, four years after Wright's death.

Not one of his best known pieces of architecture, but one of my favorites. I have always been drawn to his designs due to his organic flow and utilization of bold horizontal and vertical elements. His most noted work displaying this feature is of course Falling Water. This house, however, has the same elements plus his signature frivolities. In this case, his amazing fretwork placed along long expanses of window and shots of detail and accent. His horizontal planes are wonderfully "punched" through with large holes for blasts of light throughout the day. Gotta love cantilevers!

The images follow around the house anti-clockwise starting with his dramatic living room, then through the utilitarian space of the carport, and around the back past the half circle garden, and back again to the front. Keep an eye out for the fretwork.

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The last shot is from the Wikipedia site which contains all the images I built this wonderful house from. Most importantly, it has the actual floor plan from which I scaled this up, very accurately I might add. ;) (On a side note, I also found an error in the plans that was probably "change ordered" at the site. I guess even Masters make mistakes.) Check it out HERE .

The original color was an off white, so I tried to stay truer to that design element rather than the muddied tan that the pic shows. The color was closer to my yellowed white Lego pieces than anything. But, I don't need any more of those. ;)



Fourth Wall: Definitely a tough one, and one that used ALL my 1X2 white bricks as well as ALL my brown plates, thank you judges. Seriously one of the most noted architects ever let alone THE most noted of the U.S. His innovations were matched only by his pure orneriness. Having done construction myself, I can guarantee that there wasn't a single laborer on the jobsite that had any love loss for Mr. Wright. His detail work and obstinate attention to detail could ONLY be pure frustration. However, I built this directly from his plans and I have to say that the man, although described as vulgar and insane, was a pure intuitive genius. His structure is fantastically solid in spite of the odd cantilevers. He showed an instinctive balance that permeates every aspect. For this, I must with all sincerity, THANK the judges for this. Peering into Wright's way of thinking is revelatory. I studied his work when I started out in architecture, but THIS was the most I learned about his methods.

Brilliant guys, thank you! ;)

Go Team Plastic Surgeons!



Comments

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  July 12, 2014
Quoting Kurt's MOCs A beautiful model of a beautiful house. As a fellow architect, I completely understand your appreciation of FLW's work. Your model captures his spatial and formal ideas brilliantly. Nicely done!
Thank you Kurt! I always loved his designs and forms, but I never really appreciated them to their full extent until I built this. His ideas seemed intuitively right, but until you build off his plans you can't truly see how much of a genius he was. It's psychological architecture as best as I can describe it. He was more a master at mental perception and projection than simply buildings.
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  July 11, 2014
A beautiful model of a beautiful house. As a fellow architect, I completely understand your appreciation of FLW's work. Your model captures his spatial and formal ideas brilliantly. Nicely done!
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  May 6, 2014
Quoting Lego Jim .... That would be awesome. You're still pretty great though. You never know.
Then here's to hoping. Cheers! ;)
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  May 5, 2014
That would be awesome. You're still pretty great though. You never know.
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  May 4, 2014
Quoting Lego Jim .... I'll be waiting for that message.
We'll be unstoppable! We'll take over the world!!! or not. XD In all actuality, there are professional Lego builders here on Mocpages that work for Lego and independently through commissions. To get paid for this would truly be the ultimate. I would be very hard pressed to turn down that opportunity. ;)
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  May 4, 2014
I'll be waiting for that message.
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  May 4, 2014
Quoting Lego Jim .... Dude, this is really sweet. The whole thing is really cool. It looks just like it. Lego should have you work for them. You're really good. You need little people to put in it. I know a guy who makes a lot of little people ; ) .
Thank you Jim! Yeah, wouldn't THAT be the dream job? Tell you what, I'll be sure to get in touch with you WHEN Lego hires me. XD Yeah, I'm not holding my breath either. ;)
  May 3, 2014
Dude, this is really sweet. The whole thing is really cool. It looks just like it. Lego should have you work for them. You're really good. You need little people to put in it. I know a guy who makes a lot of little people ; ) .
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  April 5, 2014
Quoting Kevin J. Walter Score = 5
Awesome! Thank you Kevin!
  April 5, 2014
Score = 5
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  April 4, 2014
Quoting Elk Guard Great work, the comparison at the end is fantastic!
Thank you Elk! I had a bunch of shots based on the actual house and this was the best angle even though I couldn't get it exact. Couldn't get below floor level. ;)
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  April 4, 2014
Great work, the comparison at the end is fantastic!
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  March 25, 2014
Quoting Matt Bace Great choice of subject here. This is really classic FLW. You did a great job with the curved wall of the garden, which I think is one of the key architectural features -- it helps to make the strong vertical and horizontal lines of the house stand out even more.
Thank you Matt! Very correct. Wright used the environment and abstractions thereof in his designs to emphasize the contrast which, oddly enough, brought them together. His architecture really is a psychological study more than anything.
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  March 25, 2014
Great choice of subject here. This is really classic FLW. You did a great job with the curved wall of the garden, which I think is one of the key architectural features -- it helps to make the strong vertical and horizontal lines of the house stand out even more.
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  March 25, 2014
Quoting Stuart Lucas No surprise that this picked up a perfect score, it's an amazingly faithful rendition. I really like the way you've got a similar aesthetic to the Lego Architecture sets, but a bit more colourful! Looks like a house I'd want to live in.
Thank you Stuart! I've always used Lego as an architectural tool. In fact, I have my own house in minifig scale still being used to gauge space and feel during my never ending remodel. It's truly invaluable and a wonder that EVERY architect doesn't use it. The Architecture sets are some of my favorites, I think it's as simple as the Golden Ratio in comparison to Wright. They just feel correct and comforting. Thusly, you, as well as I, want to live in a little old shack like this. ;)
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  March 25, 2014
No surprise that this picked up a perfect score, it's an amazingly faithful rendition. I really like the way you've got a similar aesthetic to the Lego Architecture sets, but a bit more colourful! Looks like a house I'd want to live in.
matt rowntRee
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Greyson Beights
  March 24, 2014
Great job, it is always nice to see someone embrace a category. Score: 5
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  March 24, 2014
Quoting Greyson Beights Great job, it is always nice to see someone embrace a category. Score: 5
Way too cool! Not sure which of you judges came up with the Wright category, but thanks to whoever did. ;) Thank you Greyson!
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  March 24, 2014
Quoting Justin Knelsen Looks pretty spot on! Score: 5
Awesooome! Thank you Justin!
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  March 24, 2014
Looks pretty spot on! Score: 5
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  March 23, 2014
Quoting Chris Phipson Used the floor plans? Nice choice! Score of 5 ~ Chris.
I know, right? What a concept! XD Thank you Chris!
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  March 23, 2014
Used the floor plans? Nice choice! Score of 5 ~ Chris.
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  March 23, 2014
Quoting Tim C There are often certain features to a work that can give away the builder immediately. I must admit, when I saw this one at first, I had no clue that it was by your hands. This really turned out well, Matt. I recognized the architecture as Wright's work, though I couldn't name it, but the accuracy is perfect. My favorite feature is the semicircular garden. Major win.
Thank you Tim! I find that to be the greatest compliment to bestow. We all work diligently to develop a style that we lose sight of true expansion. To be able to show that there really is no identifiable comfort zone, pleases me to no extent. ;) Speaking of which, you couldn't describe Wright's later work more appropriately. He worked so hard to break from his style that it seemed to conflict with his inner design guru. His architecture throughout the 50s was usually ridiculed because it was NOT Robie House or Falling Water OR any number of his apex works. The Artist in all of us can solemnly relate to that, after all, it's what's next that's most important. ;) Thanks again!
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  March 23, 2014
Quoting Matthew Oh Beautiful. :) Score = 5
Awesome!!! Thank you Matthew!
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  March 23, 2014
There are often certain features to a work that can give away the builder immediately. I must admit, when I saw this one at first, I had no clue that it was by your hands. This really turned out well, Matt. I recognized the architecture as Wright's work, though I couldn't name it, but the accuracy is perfect. My favorite feature is the semicircular garden. Major win.
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  March 23, 2014
Beautiful. :) Score = 5
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  March 23, 2014
Quoting El Barto ! Nicely done, Chief! I actually like yours better! The roof and that round wall are my favorite aspects. But I wonder if the original structure came with enough buckets to collect all the water from that flat roof?
Ha! No kidding, right? Well at least it's in Oregon where it NEVER rains. XD In the designs, he had scuppers to evacuate the water from the skylight over the kitchen (the grey holes in the top most white structure.) Although I couldn't tell from the photos and I couldn't find any elevation plans, I think it's safe to assume that the roof is properly pitched. ;) Thank you Bart!
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  March 23, 2014
Nicely done, Chief! I actually like yours better! The roof and that round wall are my favorite aspects. But I wonder if the original structure came with enough buckets to collect all the water from that flat roof?
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  March 23, 2014
Quoting Starscream Soundwave How on earth you can build so many fantastic creations in such a short amount of time I'll never know. Great stuff Matt!
Well, it's what happens when I finally get a week off, paid vacation time. I haven't had a week off in about six or seven years all to my own. ;) Thank you SS!
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  March 23, 2014
How on earth you can build so many fantastic creations in such a short amount of time I'll never know. Great stuff Matt!
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  March 23, 2014
Quoting clayton Marchetti Excellent work Brother! I see Chewie hanging out there in the foliage . Brilliant work on the house. You did a fantastic job on the garden and I really like the wall around the garden to . I really love the balconies at both ends and the (I'm not sure what it's called) Lattice work ? Between the balconies on the second floor. Looks really cool. Both are a work of art!
And, of course, it's my Brother that spots Chewie out in the yard! XD Thank you! The balconies were a proper challenge but it was the fretwork that I am really proud of. Of course it's an approximation of what Wright originally designed, but I was extremely pleased with the feel of the cutouts and the lightness. The originals were pure lovely, I envy the owners of the house.
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  March 23, 2014
Quoting Alex Rode Stellar work; pin-point accuracy. But, a question I've been meaning to ask you for a long time: what is your buddy icon about?
Thank you Alex! I worked diligently to be as accurate as possible to give it the justice it deserves. As for my buddy icon, it's a Minneapolis Moline steam tractor circa 1915. I belong to the antique engine club out in Vista, California and have been for about as long as I have been playing with Lego. My dad and I collect and attempt to restore antique engines and equipment. We actually have one of the finest collections of truly rare pieces ever. I just always loved that tractor, always brings a smile to my face when I hear it fire up and creak and squeal it's way down the road. Thank you for asking.
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  March 23, 2014
Excellent work Brother! I see Chewie hanging out there in the foliage . Brilliant work on the house. You did a fantastic job on the garden and I really like the wall around the garden to . I really love the balconies at both ends and the (I'm not sure what it's called) Lattice work ? Between the balconies on the second floor. Looks really cool. Both are a work of art!
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  March 23, 2014
Stellar work; pin-point accuracy. But, a question I've been meaning to ask you for a long time: what is your buddy icon about?
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  March 23, 2014
Quoting Mark McPeek Fantastic work, Matt! Very accurate to the real house!
Thank you Mark! It's actually extremely accurate as I scaled directly from the plans. Oddly enough, Lego fit in quite well with the designs. Makes me wonder if Wright didn't have a collection of the ABS at his fingertips even though he died a year after it's introduction to the world. I remember reading a very long time ago that he actually played with wooden building blocks as a child. Makes one think that the next "Wright" is on Mocpages. Perhaps I am even writing a response to him right now. ;)
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  March 23, 2014
Fantastic work, Matt! Very accurate to the real house!
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  March 23, 2014
Quoting MortalSwordsman . One of my favourite builders recreating the work of one of my favourite architects. Love the shadows cast by the skylights.
Thank you Joe! I'm glad you caught the light and shadow play indicative of Wright's style. Building it really showed me how he thought about the TOTAL environment, including something as completely ubiquitous yet overlooked, like sunlight and the wonderful shapes created and hidden by it.
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  March 23, 2014
One of my favourite builders recreating the work of one of my favourite architects. Love the shadows cast by the skylights.
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  March 23, 2014
Quoting Topsy Creatori (StoveTopCreator!) Clean, crisp, and efficient! Wright on! :)
You got dat Wright! XD Thank you Topsy!
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  March 23, 2014
Clean, crisp, and efficient! Wright on! :)
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  March 23, 2014
Quoting Nick Barrett Beautiful rendition of this special house. As a fan of the great FLW, it's a treat to see one of his lesser known works given the treatment. And yes, he was famously difficult to work with!
Thank you Nick! Yeah, I chose a lesser known one because it really deserved it. It truly is a complete vision of balance and flow. Building this, I can completely understand his stubbornness. He would HAVE to be in order to get his specific vision realized to it's full potential. EVERY construction worker wants the easy way to do structure, I do too. After all, what is wrong with a straight box? Maximum efficiency of space, economy of motion in construction, ease of use, and completely uninspiring or innovative. Houses are not caves, Wright thankfully destroyed that notion. Forcibly and without regard I might add. ;)
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  March 23, 2014
Quoting Stephan N really very impressive, the many plants behind the house wonderful. The design you like is always an outstanding success. I bow to you.
Wow! Thank you Stephan! I would say it would be more fitting to bow to Wright's genius. I can't fully explain how brilliant his designs were as far as balance goes, just truly amazing.
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  March 23, 2014
Quoting cyberfrank 2010 beautiful and impressive! it took 4 1/4 baseplates to do this? it s about fig scale, wow, that makes quite a big house, I can t imagine someone making a city with houses like that xd.
Thank you Frank! It's actually about 80% minifig scale, so it's actually even bigger in reality. An entire city of these would be stunning. Although not the entire city, Oak Park, outside Chicago, has an enormous collection of his work from his earlier years including such Prairie Style gems like the Robie House.
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  March 23, 2014
Beautiful rendition of this special house. As a fan of the great FLW, it's a treat to see one of his lesser known works given the treatment. And yes, he was famously difficult to work with!
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  March 23, 2014
really very impressive, the many plants behind the house wonderful. The design you like is always an outstanding success. I bow to you.
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  March 23, 2014
Quoting David Roberts I think that this is quite a faithful copy, especially considering the scale. I like the way that you've made the sloping, wooden balcony and the curved flower garden.
Thank you David! It's accurate to the plans and faithful to his indulgences. Curves, slopes, fretwork, overgrowth of weeds in the back yard, it's all there. ;)
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  March 23, 2014
Quoting Abby Francis The garden and patio are my favorite! You nailed it, Matt!
Thank you Abby! I scaled directly from the plans, always helps. One of those words of wisdom thingies: When in doubt, read the instructions. ;)
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  March 23, 2014
Quoting sam the first So clean and crisp! Beautiful work Matt, pretty much perfect.
Thank you Sam! More a testament to Wright's genius. ;)
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  March 23, 2014
beautiful and impressive! it took 4 1/4 baseplates to do this? it s about fig scale, wow, that makes quite a big house, I can t imagine someone making a city with houses like that xd.
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  March 23, 2014
Quoting David Alexander Smith It turned out great. You got the lines so clean and precise, which I guess is essential for a Lloyd Wright build. Colour matching is pretty good. Overall it has the feel of a classy architectural display model. In short, yep I like it. Your speed and courage with this got me eating breakfast and building at the same time today, just to get that next category rolling. Electric Boogaloo my friend. :)
Thank you David! Clean precise lines, CHECK! As for the color, the original plan called for an off white. The color of the actual house has changed a bit over the fifty years. I chose the regular white knowing that it might be different than the NOW color but hold true to the original vision. I should make a note of that in the write up. ;) Eat, build, forget to eat lunch, build some more. what else is there? XD
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  March 23, 2014
Quoting Cheryl P Wonderful. My favorite subject and one I don't see enough of. Your details are spot on. The cleanliness of the lines and the landscaping are superb. I hope you don't get a comment "It would look better with trees". The Frank Lloyd Wright structure stands well enough on its own.
Thank you Cheryl! I agree. Doesn't need trees and it's why I didn't build any. Not only that, in his later years, Wright was constantly criticized for "not building another Falling Water". That is a pinnacle of design, but everyone knows it. I chose this one because it WASN'T Falling Water but it still sat comfortably within nature. As he envisioned.
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  March 23, 2014
Quoting Heath 'kik36' Flor Excellent build Matt! You did a great job of matching the awesome architecture! Good luck with your judges!
Thank you Heath! Scaling off the plans was vital to doing his vision justice. It's amazingly well balanced.
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  March 23, 2014
I think that this is quite a faithful copy, especially considering the scale. I like the way that you've made the sloping, wooden balcony and the curved flower garden.
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  March 23, 2014
The garden and patio are my favorite! You nailed it, Matt!
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  March 23, 2014
So clean and crisp! Beautiful work Matt, pretty much perfect.
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  March 23, 2014
It turned out great. You got the lines so clean and precise, which I guess is essential for a Lloyd Wright build. Colour matching is pretty good. Overall it has the feel of a classy architectural display model. In short, yep I like it. Your speed and courage with this got me eating breakfast and building at the same time today, just to get that next category rolling. Electric Boogaloo my friend. :)
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  March 23, 2014
Wonderful. My favorite subject and one I don't see enough of. Your details are spot on. The cleanliness of the lines and the landscaping are superb. I hope you don't get a comment "It would look better with trees". The Frank Lloyd Wright structure stands well enough on its own.
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  March 23, 2014
Excellent build Matt! You did a great job of matching the awesome architecture! Good luck with your judges!
 
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