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Frank Lloyd Wright was born with the name Frank Lincoln Wright in 8 June 1867 in Richland Center in Wisconsin of the United States. He changed his name to Frank Lloyd Wright after his parents divorced to honour his mother’s name. Until his death in 9 April 1959, he was an educator, writer, interior designer and American architect (Wright 51). Throughout his life, he was able to design over 1,000 projects with over 500 being completed successfully. His design work involves the design of different types of buildings including museums, hotels, skyscrapers, schools, churches and offices. In these buildings, he went further to design the interior parts like stained glass and furniture. Apart from building, his writing career was a success for he was able to author twenty books a number of articles. He was also a lecturer in both Europe and United States. His life was colourful and it even made headlines especially the incident that occurred in 1914, in which there were murders and fire in his studio in Taliesin (Wright 55).
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Two buildings in which to base Lloyd’s architect work are the Boomer Residence and the Coonley House. Boomer Residence is a house that was built in 1953 and is located at Phoenix in Arizona. It is a small cottage house build with rubble-stone masonry with wood. It is a single person house and is compacted into two stories with a central chimney outlet. The wall is made up of desert rubble-stone combined with horizontal sheathing of wood especially in the balcony of the bedroom. Although located in a desert, it looks north and thus the opposite direction of the desert sun.
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Coonley House was built in the year 1908 and is located in Riverside in Illinois. It is a house build of wood frame with stucco. It is a large and sophisticated prairie type of a house located in temperate region. This house is the first example showing Lloyd’s work of a zoned plan. The living quarters are just like in the Prairie fashion, raised. Since it is a very large building, there is a pavilion linking the various spaces available. The inlaid tiles used form geometrical pattern in the wood trimmed and plaster surfaced house (Clark and Pause 195).
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The main plan of Boomer Residence is parallelogram grid with a large triangular arrangement. There is a central stone standing through all the floors and enclosing the chimneys, fireplaces and bathrooms. There is a big angled roof opening to the north with window spaces beneath on the north side. These windows are to make sure that the rooms have adequate light but protected from the direct sunlight in the desert (Storrer 135). There is a deck on three sides surrounding the large bedroom, which is in second floor to make the room cool and comfortable to live in.
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