Musings of an Aussie design strategist gone North

Frank Llego Wright: Hell yes!


The first architect I fell in love with as a kid was Frank Lloyd Wright, shortly followed by his Australian-based understudy, the remarkable Walter Burley Griffin.

Growing up in the leafy, undulating suburbs of Sydney, where houses often perch on steep slopes or wrap themselves around sandstone outcrops, I had an instant affinity for houses like the seminal Falling Water and the Ennis-Brown house. Such was my love that I even designed and produced, in my final year of high-school, an FLW/WBG inspired garden lamp (the only – heavily cropped – pic I could find).

So imagine my surprise and delight at discovering that Lego, in collaboration with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and Brickstructures, Inc. to produce Lego sets of Falling Water and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum!

If anybody’s wondering, I have a birthday next week…

[Found via PSFK]


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The almost-floating plane of Luzern


I was recently in Luzern, Switzerland (lovely city by the way, well worth a visit if you’re in the land of Technicolor landscapes and Lindt) and visited the recently-opened  KKL, a combined art gallery, conference and cultural space.

Penned by the famed Jean Nouvel, the most striking thing about the building is the striking forecourt which is overhung by what appears to be a floating plane of black. When approaching the front of the building it’s impossible to gauge any thickness to it (a situation that, sadly but necessarily, changes as you walk around the side of the building). None the less, it’s a fantastic illusion and a masterful piece of architecture.

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