This series of photos gives you a view of the rear of the house from the entrance driveway. You can see the berm and then the prow of the house as it protrudes. The driveway descends downward and to the left into the carport and entrance area. Above and to the back of the carport is the master bedroom. The roof is flat made by spraying down foam and covering it with an elastomeric seal. This method was chosen so as to create the most desirable coefficient of expansion between different materials. Attached to the roof is a facia made with a styrofoam yielding copper patina effect. Wright liked creating a sense of mystery . In many homes and buildings the entire personality of the house is entirely out front. There is a big entrance, facade, columns etc.: in short these are elements that say it all before one even enters the structure. Wright understood the joy of curiosity. For example you approach this house from the rear, and it is mostly hidden. As you come down past the carport and approach the entrance you still see nothing grand. In fact you almost have to search for the entrance down a breezeway past the carport. You are actually led past a rather lackluster carport. In this way one’s curiosity is continuously piqued. More on this subject in the next post.
Archive for April, 2010
Many years ago I was reading about the experiences the early members of the Spiritual Findhorn Community in Scotland were having. In particular I was recalling the story about the community member who would sit in front of his Apple computer each day asking it if it were ready. Day after day for the longest period he would turn his computer on, ask this question, wait, and get nothing. But one day not particularly thinking about this ritual, he typed in the question and as the screen brightened up, it said “ YES.”
If you think about what matter looks like under the electron microscope, it appears and then disappears, appears and then disappears. The natural question might be, “What is holding this matter together?” The elements have to be in agreement about holding their configuration. In other words you could make a case for the material “consciously” holding its shape. From this viewpoint you could also make a case for it being alive, albeit at a much different vibratory rate than an animal, and that is a conclusion that physicists are beginning to speculate about the entire universe. read more »
I was having one of those work really hard type of dreams last night. It seemed like I and a few associates were employed in this organization where we were given more and more to do before we could leave work in the evening. Our little group was also housed in an old two story house with a few bedrooms upstairs and a few downstairs. Maybe only one bathroom. In the dream other people were continuously being moved into the house. It was becoming increasingly overcrowded. I had to go pick up a friend who had come to visit and on the way back to the house was wondering how I was going to put him up. It was frustrating. Then it occurred to me I would give him my bed and I would camp out in the yard. I began to wonder exactly what was going on. Why was this company I worked for giving us so much to do and then why were they moving all of these people in with us, literally to the bursting point? Would we get angry? Or was this a test to see what we would do next? Or was this company losing its own grip and had no idea how to handle anything?
Years ago I had the good fortune of spending a week with Peter Caddy at my house in Hawaii. Peter had been a co-founder of the magical Findhorn Gardens in Scotland. Over a cold Heineken beer I asked him what his trip was. He said that since he had left Eileen his wife, and Co-founder of Findhorn, he had been penniless and was living completely on intuition. I asked him how it was going. He said it was maddening. He was always on the edge. Each moment was huge. In the recent past he had constantly visited psychics to get a check on his reality. He said he frequently couldn’t tell the difference between his imagination and his intuition, and he needed to be more certain. While he had been married to Eileen, he had lived on her intuition and as dicey as it might seem at the time it always worked out. He just trusted in her. And now he was having to trust in himself with little or nothing to fall back on. read more »
One of Frank Lloyd Wright’s signature applications in many homes was the Cherokee red dyed concrete floor. This house was no exception. Many people have no idea how complex a concrete floor can be. In this case the entire footprint was a compacted fill material. On top of that was poured the first slab, a four inch working floor. Then when the interior had been completed aluminum strips were attached with “L” brackets to the working pad. A black elastomeric rubber seal was rolled on then metal lattice was applied over that. Brass expansion joints were affixed to the top of these aluminum strips. There were two options available for the dyed concrete, (1) an integral mix with the dye mixed in the concrete coming from the cement truck, and (2) a “dust on” application where the cement is poured and the dye is troweled into the top two or so inches of concrete. We elected to do the latter for more control and the fact that this process would give us a brighter finnish. After the dye was worked in and the cement dried, a wax was applied to the floor. The brass expansion strips provided a pleasant sectioning appearance to the floor and were necessary to accommodate the earthquake prone area of the Big Island. The house withstood during construction several earthquakes measuring over 5 on the Richter scale ,and after it was completed, a 6.9 shake. No damage was incurred. read more »
At any age it is easy to become immersed in the all too familiar. It can become a routine of comfort and what we know. The outside world is brought to us through the filtered lenses of someone else’s point of view. The internet, movies, television, newspaper, magazine book print bring us these images and ideas and we form opinions about how it is out there. But these viewpoints for the most part are fueled by an agenda of one sort or another to motivate, sell, or entertain; with more of an undercurrent of fear than we would like to admit. We are fascinated by threats and danger as long as we can safely observe out of harm’s way. Yet there is a wonderful sense of self-reward when we physically step into the unknown. We find out for ourselves. We have experiences which can affect all of the senses. I find that visiting or living abroad for extended periods of time throws me into a space where everything is new. The landscape, the people, the food, their art. Language and entertainment’ and their ways of life are all rich variations to what I have known. The longer I can stay the more I become immersed.
The Picture above shows the house from the rear, particularly the brickwork. The structure faces due south and surveys 360,000 acres with three volcanoes and the ocean in the distance. The house sits in a saddle created between the Kohala Mountains and Mauna Kea Volcano. Trade winds crossing the Pacific funnel down this saddle picking up intensity as they go. It is with this physical condition in mind that John Rattenbury, The Taliesin Architect supervising this project , decided to use the Hemiclycle design of Mr. Wright’s. An earthen berm covers most of the first floor’s rear walls. A flat roof then allows the wind to rise over the berm and roll over the roof. Because the house is concave in the front, the small front yard is protected during these gusts. At 1,800 feet the temperature is near perfect. The second photograph gives you a feeling for the weave of the brickwork as it was laid in a tight circular fashion to create cylinder. This cylinder contained two upstairs bathrooms, a downstairs bathroom and utility room. In this manner Wright was able to concentrate the plumbing requirements save the for small bath in at the far end of the house on the second floor.
Virtually all of the blocks had to be cut by hand to meet the requirement of the curves. The four inch by four inch by sixteen inch smooth brick was difficult to lay because it is easy to lose the horizontal line. Some walls were started and taken down. Billy with a helper spent the better part of a year laying the foundation and the brickwork. The fireplace size was substantial.
Having been in the advertising business for a career I could never quite shake off David Spangler’s comment that the best example of practitioners of black magic in the 20th (and obviously now the 21st) century are advertising executives. Perhaps there can be some redeeming efforts. I’ll try.
I don’t know about you, but I used to be dragged into church as a youngster and found myself being subjected to a lot of platitudes without many convincingly good reasons to buy in.
Take the subject of “Forgiveness.” I was told that in the long run if I were wronged it was better to forgive than to resent. Or what about revenge. I could feel pretty worked up about getting back at that SOB for what he did. So just telling me what I ought to do didn’t seem to cut it. I was more likely to resonate with my lawyer’s sly comment that “Revenge is a dish that’s best served cold,” or “Get even not angry.”
One of the main tenants of the book and guidebook is that we do have alternative realities we can explore and relay. Hopefully as people report we can gather insights into the fabric of our intuition and living in the flow.
Here is one such report:
This is a close up view of the second floor. As mentioned previously post the second floor hangs from the ceiling via rods that are secured to the glulam beams at the top and the second floor beams under the second floor decking. If you squint you can see the rods. On this floor were four bedrooms. The view is from the entrance to the master bedroom looking down the corrid0r. The two bedrooms to the immediate left were intended originally for two young boys. At the far end was the bedroom intended for the daughter. You can see how the big beams were craddled into the steel posts. All of the front would eventually be covered in glass. After this floor was installed we found that it squeaked. We laid down three quarter inch plywood on the entire floor to remedy this. You can get a better feel for the sixteen inch block that formed a basket weave appearance in the cylinder to the immediate left. We installed exhaust fans here, thinking we might have heat gain, but they were never used as the temperature and ventilation were perfect.
Revelations About Our Intelligence
Our society has long rewarded those with a high IQ. School was designed to reward those who had great linear computing skills. They got into the best universities and moved into the lead positions in society. Later EQ, or emotional intelligence, gained recognition as people skills in a rapidly changing society became essential. People with high EQ’s seemed to blossom as they possessed the ability to solve challenges in which multiple outcomes could be acceptable. Here it was apparent that IQ alone did not measure one’s ability to handle complex relationship skills, and that as these skills became isolated and studied on their own merit a whole new band of the intelligence scale would be formerly recognized. And finally SQ, or Spiritual Quotient, has arrived as an even further refinement. read more »