Price Tower, Bartlesville, Oklahoma, Frank Lloyd Wright, 1952-56
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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Price Tower (Bartlesville, OK)
Price Tower in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, 1956. At 19-stories high, it’s Frank Lloyd Wright’s only “skyscraper”.
Building of the week- Price Tower
Constructed in 1956, the Price Tower is one of two skyscrapers that Frank Lloyd Wright designed and the only one actually built as he believed architecture should be close to the earth, but even in his vertical structure Wright made his tower connected to nature as the “tree that escaped the forest.”
The 221’ skyscraper consist of pigmented cast concrete supporting the 19 floors on a equilateral triangle module which is carried out even in the door frames, air vents, and detailing on the ceiling.
-The structural design closely follows a tree, with the trunk as the main support in the center housing four elevator shafts leading from the shops and offices to the overhead apartments.
-The branches are the cantilevered floors and the leaves are the walls that hang from the floor above for support trimmed with the famous Frank Lloyd Wright copper detailing.
-The “tree” stands alone from the forest of the big cities against the flat Oklahoma prairie.