11/21/08

Rosenbaum House, Florence Alabama


The Rosenbaum House in Alabama is perhaps Frank Llyod Wrights best Usonian House, with cantilevered overhangs for solar heating and natural ventilation, clerestory windows for natural lighting, a long overhang instead of a garage, radiant-floor heating, and tall windows for a strong indoor-outdoor connection.

The house is built of local natural materials and its L-shape wraps around a private back-yard garden. It was built small and cheaply, considered by Wright as a prototype of cheap middle-class housing for the entire world. Many elements have indeed been copied in suburban housing, such as the central service core with a fire place.

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