BACKGROUND ON FALLINGWATER’S STRUCTURE by Wright

May 19th, 2015
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The cantilever is the basis for Fallingwater's structure. Three horizontal trays made of reinforced concrete form the three levels of the house, echoing the natural rock ledges beneath the house that jut out over Bear Run.

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Background on Fallingwater structureBACKGROUND ON FALLINGWATERS STRUCTUREThe cantilever is the basis forFallingwater's structure. Threehorizontal trays made of reinforcedconcrete form the three levels of thehouse, echoing the natural rock ledgesbeneath the house that jut out over BearRun. Think of a diving board. The boardextends out into space with no verticalsupport underneath its free end. At thepool's edge it rests on a support, orfulcrum, and it is anchored, orcounterbalanced, so that when you standon its free end, it does not fall into thewater. Compare this to Fallingwater,where four piers, or bolsters anchoredinto a boulder underneath the main flooract as the fulcrum for the house.Counterbalancing weight to the back, ornorth side, of the house keep it fromtoppling into the stream.Throughout his career, Wright advocatedthe use of modern technology to createnew spaces that enhance a natural wayof life; in essence, re-connecting peoplewith the natural world by using modernmaterials and methods.Fallingwater is not the first house Wrightdesigned using cantilevers. From hisprairie houses onward, he strove todestroy the boxiness of rooms andhouses: in opening up new vistas to theirinhabitants and eliminating obstructions,he created an atmosphere of freedomand repose.Reinforced concrete is concrete pouredaround slender steel framework (whichcan be given various shapes). When theconcrete sets, the two materials worktogether to r

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