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Patkau Architects Win Competition to Design On-Site Cottages at Fallingwater
Posted: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 |

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Perspective rendering of winning design by Patkau Architects
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MILL RUN, PA. Fallingwater today announced that a jury has chosen Patkau Architects of Vancouver, British Columbia, as the winner of its first-ever design competition for on-site cottages that will support residential educational programming at the Frank Lloyd Wright masterwork in Fayette County.

Patkau Architects’ winning design for six small, efficient, sustainable cottages will serve as the basis of a final design, to be implemented following regulatory approval and fundraising.

Patkau Architects Win Competition to Design On-Site Cottages at Fallingwater

Perspective rendering of winning design by Patkau Architects
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“In its subtlety, it is provocative and it carries forward the discourse about where architecture can move,” the jury said of the winning design. “Its strength is not just in what is included, but in what is left out.”

Patkau Architects Win Competition to Design On-Site Cottages at Fallingwater

Model photograph of winning design by Patkau Architects
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The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, which preserves and maintains Fallingwater, will build the cottages on the grounds of the 5,000-acre Bear Run Nature Reserve that surrounds Fallingwater, some distance from the house itself. The design competition is the first that Fallingwater has sponsored for construction of new buildings on-site.

Patkau Architects Win Competition to Design On-Site Cottages at Fallingwater

Model photograph of winning design by Patkau Architects
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The new cottages will serve an important outreach goal by expanding lodging capacity for participants in Fallingwater Institute’s diverse educational programs. These unique, immersive educational offerings are tailored to broad age levels and interests – and to people from the Western Pennsylvania region and beyond.

“When Edgar Kaufmann, jr. entrusted Fallingwater to the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, he envisioned education as a critical component of Fallingwater’s new role as a public resource. He saw Fallingwater as not merely available to the public, but as a force that could continue to drive the development of architecture and good design as well as advance their appreciation and understanding,” said Lynda Waggoner, director of Fallingwater and vice president of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. “He said, ‘Fallingwater grew and still grows.’ We feel that the winning design by Patkau Architects will allow Fallingwater to grow by actively demonstrating the principles we espouse: good design in harmony with nature.”

The second-place winner of the competition is Phoenix, Ariz.-based Wendell Burnette Architects, and Olson Kundig Architects of Seattle, Wash., has been chosen as the third-place winner.

Patkau Architects Win Competition to Design On-Site Cottages at Fallingwater

Second place winning design by Wendell Burnette Architects
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Patkau Architects Win Competition to Design On-Site Cottages at Fallingwater

Third place winning design by Olson Kundig Architects
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Patkau Architects Win Competition to Design On-Site Cottages at Fallingwater

Finalist entry by MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects
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Patkau Architects Win Competition to Design On-Site Cottages at Fallingwater

Finalist entry by Marlon Blackwell Architect
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Patkau Architects Win Competition to Design On-Site Cottages at Fallingwater

Finalist entry by Saucier + Perrotte Architectes
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Comments:
Kai Gutschow
Carnegie Mellon Univ.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
It's too bad there were no architects from SW Pennsylvania in this competition. It seems to me that the Western Penn. Conservancy, and the Carnegie Museum, which promoted and sponsored this competition, should seek to promote regional architects from this area as well as global Starchitects.

Lloyd
Toronto
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Patkau Architects are hardly starchitects, but a small, sensible and sensitive firm that is on a roll right now (they won a big competition in Toronto recently)

Frank Lloyd Wright was hardly regional. Should he not have been given the job?

John Kahl, AIA
Portland Oregon
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Editor:

With great efforts these are some lovely thoughts about an incredible site, and the most beautiful architecture in the 20th century or since.

Fallingwater can only be diminished by any efforts, no matter how sincere, to place anything human, nearby, or within the visible proximity. The choreography making the transition through nature was part of the Mr. Wright’s design. Nice submittals by the architects. Good example of the prestige associated with "Fallingwater."

On the other hand, there are undoubtedly profits and fame to be made by the just being associated with the name, and more with adjacent location. Clearly that was the simple minded intent of The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and the Carnegie museum.

How unfortunate the financial circumstances of the Conservancy have been clearly reduced to such a desperate condition, that the heritage is being used so mindlessly. At the very least, the concepts of FLW's "Organic Architecture" are clearly not understood. The trustees have a responsibility to know better. They should be embarrassed by their dereliction of duties to the Grantor, Edgar Kaufmann, Jr. If you are a conscientious Director, for shame, Lynda Waggoner for shame.

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