June 10, 2008

Little Skyscraper on the Prairie

"Price Tower is the tallest building [Frank Lloyd] Wright constructed," Wayne Curtis writes in a new piece for The Atlantic, "and it’s every bit as startling rising out of the low Oklahoma hills as his corkscrewy Guggenheim Museum is crouched in the canyons of Manhattan."
Wright tended to compose structures based on one geometric shape or another. For Price Tower, he chose the triangle. He liked the triangle, he wrote, "because it allows flexibility of arrangement for human movement not afforded by the rectangle." This statement, like much of the architect's writing, recedes further from comprehension the longer one considers it.