Cabins created for Fallingwater design study site

Students working on architecture and design projects at an institute run by Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater home can now reside in a series of dwellings built by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson.

The cabins are located on a historic farm, called High Meadow, which sits adjacent to the 1930s residence in Mill Run, Pennsylvania.

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The farm serves as the home base for the Fallingwater Institute’s summer residency programs in architecture, art and design.

The shelters – which enable the institute to accommodate more students – are an extension to a cabin dating to the 1960s. Until now, sleeping accommodation had been limited to the four-bedroom cabin.

“After exploring a variety of design options over several years, a decision was made to enlarge the footprint of the existing house, doubling the property’s capacity with four new dwellings,” explained Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, a Pennsylvania architecture firm.

The new wooden abodes are raised off the ground by a network of steel columns, which result in minimal disturbance to the land.

Each cabin contains two twin beds, a desk, a closet and a bathroom. Large windows provide framed views of the surrounding terrain.

“Materials and finishes are deliberately minimalistic and durable, lending a sparse elegance to the space,” the team said.

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