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Fully Accessible Home Designed in 1949 by now Infamous Architect Frank Lloyd Wright
Throughout his career Frank Lloyd Wright consistently proved to be a forward thinker. His goal was to design spaces and furniture that were in harmony with humanity and the environment, nature. He achieved success with this philosophy for design, which he called "Organic Architecture," in many of his buidings including Falling Water and the Guggenheim Museum.
example of his designs that catered to humanity is the Kenneth Laurrent House. Wright was commisioned to design for Mr. Laurent, a WWII vet who loss the use of the lower half of his body as a result of a spinal cord injury he suffered during the war. It was his goal to design a house that could be seated from a seated position. His choice to use an open floor plan housed inside an ellipse eloquently addressed the accessibility needs of his client.
The 2500 square meters one-story home features three bedrooms and two bathrooms it has flowing and gently curved spaces, perfect for family living. The custom made interior design and furniture included accessible switches and shelves, and desks and tables with clear-floor space underneath that would accomodate Mr. Laurrent's wheelchair.
An additional feature of the home is its placement within its environment. The amazing views of the outside scenery provided by the abundance of windows in the home are a staple of Wright's designs.
Mr. Laurrent and his wife have remained in the house since its completion in 1952. They have now decided to move into assisted living home and sale the house. When the house was auctioned off this year it was bought by The Laurrent House Foundation for $578,000.
Their goal is to open the house as a museum. “We really do hope we can use it as a showpiece for how architecture can allow people with disabilities to focus on their abilities.”