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Recently launched is this definitive online source for Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous, iconic house—and a National Historic Landmark. It’s a destination for students, educators and admirers, and beautifully prepares and informs traveling visitors.

The visual design takes into account Wright’s concept of “organic architecture,” and simple yet elegant building theory, and offers an experience with uncomplicated and straightforward design devices that allow Fallingwater and its story be the main attraction. And while nothing can duplicate an in-person visit, the site offers an immersive experience that educates and entertains.

The site has two key areas: Utilizing the studio’s custom content management system, the first is Learn, a gateway to becoming well-informed prior to a visit to the house, property and surrounding area. The second is Explore and tells the unique and fascinating story of the architect-client relationship and history. The site weaves together all of the components through robust, Flash-based, storytelling that includes a timeline, a virtual house tour and image, audio and video galleries.

• The studio was given special access to Fallingwater archives (oral histories, movies, building documents and correspondence, as well as hundreds of photos of the house and grounds from photographers from all over the world), many of which became part of the Web narrative. The Web site was completed over a period of twelve weeks.

• The Architectural Tour was built using copies of original drafting documents from Frank Lloyd Wright, as well a set of current site drawings by L.D. Astorino Architects. Additional source material included photographs and a site visit.

• An internal extranet was developed for this project to assist with educational outreach.

• A revised Web site for the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, who own and operate Fallingwater was completed in tandem with this project and launched at the same time.

fallingwater.org

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