home style Usonian Houses

The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, the School of Architecture at Taliesin, and Lindal Cedar Homes present the Lindal Imagine Series: Floor plans and home designs Inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian houses and updated for modern living.

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The images and floor plans in our home design books are a great way to get ideas and start planning your new custom dream home. Best of all, we can modify any Lindal house plan to suit your build site and lifestyle. We invite you to take a look at our beautiful selection of Frank Lloyd Wright Usonian-inspired home designs. Then, contact your local Lindal representative for details and pricing to build a home on your property.

New Home Designs Inspired by Wright’s Usonian Houses

“The Lindal Imagine series reflects a modern embodiment of Frank Lloyd Wright’s principles; sensitive to the attributes of Usonian design while meeting the demands of contemporary living.”

-Stuart Graff, President and CEO
The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation

 

“”The natural materials, open floor plans and walls of glass work synergistically together to achieve the sense of spaciousness and vista we desire in order to liberate the people living in the house.”

-Frank Lloyd Wright

 

 

Aris Georges of OM Studio Design“The Lindal Imagine Series is not a reproduction of the original designs. Because the Usonian houses were so flexible in their logic it gives us the opportunity to explore the same concepts of space, site relationship and how to organize the materials so that they perform efficiently.” 

-Aris Georges, Imagine Series Custom Home Designer

 

Wright’s emphasis on creating an architecture that connects to humanity and nature is what continues to make Wright so beloved and relatable today.

The Lindal Imagine Series unites the timeless design principles of  Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian house plans with current developments in technology, construction and design theory. The result is a harmonious synthesis—a beautiful, functional home that expresses the way people live today.

The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation exclusively selected Lindal for this collaboration. The goal is to take the iconic Usonian houses designed by Frank Lloyd Wright nearly a century ago, translate their floor plans into a more modern form, and construct them out of the Lindal building system.

Wright was committed to creating affordable residential architecture that everybody could enjoy. He worked to develop an architectural language with its own grammar; which is in essence the philosophy behind a system-built approach to home design. Wright’s goal was to create a “democratic architecture” that was not imposing, but rather built on a human scale. He was most successful with the Usonian series.

Natural Materials and Walls of Glass.

The homes are aesthetically beautiful, modest in size yet spacious and filled with light. They are thoughtfully designed to integrate seamlessly with their surroundings, whether in a rural, urban or suburban setting. The Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired homes in the Lindal Imagine series reflects Wright’s belief that “the buildings we live in effect the kinds of people we become.”

The homes were created in partnership with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and the School of Architecture at Taliesin.

6 Shared Design Principles: Usonian Houses and the Lindal Imagine Series

1. Open Floor Plans:

Spacious, airy rooms for eating, entertaining and enjoying the view. The idea is to organize the walls to optimize the movement and flow of space, while defining areas of circulation and areas of repose (such as sitting rooms and bedrooms).

2. Strong Horizontal Emphasis:

Built low to the ground, with flat or gently sloped roofs; “a companion to the horizon.”

3. Integrated with Nature:

Floor-to-ceiling windows, organic materials (think wood, glass, stone and concrete), and broad roof overhangs that extend the interior beams beyond the walls of the home. Allowing the site to inform the structure and orientation. We work with materials that are sustainable, with a low environmental impact.

4. Filled with Light:

Large picture windows and walls of glass, bands of clerestory windows, louvers and decorative elements to filter sunlight and create an interior interplay of light and shadow. The windows are organized to optimize connection to the landscape.

5. Energy Efficient:

Carefully oriented on the lot to take advantage of the passive heating and cooling effects of sun and wind.

6. Flexible Floor Plans:

The modularity of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian house plans and Lindal Imagine homes—along with the grid system that dictates the graceful proportions—allows for great flexibility and customization. Add a basement, garage, or studio apartment. Change the roof pitch, or orient the house to take advantage of sun, wind, and shade. Every home can be adapted to suit the build site and the needs of the homeowner.

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