Form and Function
As a young architect Frank Lloyd Wright worked for Louis Sullivan (1856–1924) in his Chicago-based architecture firm. Sullivan is known for steel frame constructions, considered some of the earliest ever skyscrapers. Sullivan’s famous axiom, “form follows function,” became the touchstone for many architects, but especially Wright.
Relationship With Nature
Rather than just plopping a building on the ground as if it could have been anywhere, for Wright, every structure has its own “grammar” and a unique relationship to its surroundings. Over the course of his career, he designed about 800 buildings — 380 of them were built, and 280 are still standing today.
“Prepare a geometric study of any Wisconsin wildflower endeavoring to get at the essence of its inherent character. Organize this pattern into a design structured upon a unit system. Strive to establish a grammar which will be an inseparable consequence of the design element and unit system.”