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Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater Institute gets sleek expansion

It's the work of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, of Apple Store renown

Night shot of cabin-like dwelling on stilts with a screened-in main room and four abodes extending from it.
BCJ completed four new dwellings for the Fallingwater Institute located on a historic farm adjacent to the famous Frank Lloyd Wright home.
Photography by Nic Lehoux courtesy of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

Bohlin Cywinski Jackson (BCJ), the Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania-founded architectural practice best known for its iconic designs for Apple stores in New York City, France, and Japan, has completed four new dwellings at High Meadow, the Fallingwater Institute’s home base for its summer residency program.

The architecture, artist, and design residency to study the Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece quickly outgrew the its original structure, a 1960s cabin with four bedrooms located on a historic farm adjacent to Fallingwater. The resulting plan, designed by the firm’s Pittsburgh studio, doubled the property’s capacity by way of simple wooden cabin-like “portals” that frame views of the surrounding landscape.

The entrance is made up of a central screened porch that joins the existing building with the new construction and also acts as a communal dining and outdoor gathering space. The horizontal screen, made of Norway Spruce harvested and milled on site, extends along a walkway that leads to the four individual dwellings.

Perched above the ground on a network of “nimble” steel columns, the High Meadow residency includes minimal decoration and furniture, with each abode containing just a desk, closet, bathroom, and two twin beds.

The newly expanded Fallingwater Institute will reopen this spring for its second season of increased operation. High Meadow received the 2016 AIA Pennsylvania Silver Medal, the highest honor given by the Institute's Pennsylvania chapter. Take a look below.

Photo by Alexander Denmarsh