Frank Lloyd Wright in Kirigami’s Paperdandy

With a career spanning over 70 years, American architect Frank Lloyd Wright changed the course of American architecture. Born in Wisconsin in 1867, Wright spent his formative years in the Midwest, and was in Chicago, where he was hired as a draftsman at an architectural firm, that his career would take off after opening his own studio in 1893.

During his career, he designed more than 1,000 structures, with 532 being complete. As an architect, interior designer, writer, and educator, he was incredibly prolific. In fact, in 1991, the American Institute of Architects named him “the greatest American architect of all time” and many of his buildings have been placed for nomination as UNESCO World Heritage sites.(
Paper engineer Marc Hagan-Guirey is the mastermind behind these models, which use the Japanese art of kirigami to produce their soft, ghost-like forms. A variation of origami, kirigami includes elements of both cutting and folding in its designs. The combination of approaches allow for intricate and precise paper structures.

It’s undeniable, the massive influence that architect Frank Lloyd Wright has had on the world. To commemorate his contributions to architecture and design, there’s been an extended celebration of his 150th birthday at renowned institutions like the MoMA. But if you’d like a more hands-on approach to appreciate the scope of his work, you now have the chance to construct some of Wright’s most iconic buildings. A new book called Frank Lloyd Wright Paper Models features 14 structures you can recreate through cutting and paper folding.

“If Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture had its own version of PokemonGo, this would be its Pikachu. 4 hours, 4 trains, 1 bus, 1 taxi through provincial Japan to the ***** of nowhere in torrential rain – made it to the remaining lobby of FLW Imperial Hotel.
Originally built in Tokyo 1922, the lobby was saved by a lesser known park after its demolition in 1967. Brick by brick the lobby was transported and rebuilt here. Needless to say we were relieved when we saw they served beer”.

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