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For Sale: A Frank Lloyd Wright Home With a Waterfall

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater isn’t the only home designed by the architect to include a waterfall. In the years preceding Wright’s death in 1959, he designed Tirranna, a U-shaped residence in New Canaan, Connecticut. (The name “Tirranna” is an aboriginal Australian word meaning “running waters.”) The house sits next to a pond fed by the nearby Noroton River and overlooks a tiny cascade. Experts say it’s one of around 400 of Wright’s remaining works in America—and now, it can belong to a fan willing to shell out just over $7 million for a piece of architectural history.

Tirranna’s most recent owners were Ted Stanley, a philanthropist and entrepreneur, and his wife Vada, according to The Wall Street Journal. The two purchased the home around 20 years ago, but Vada Stanley passed away in 2013, and Ted Stanley last year. In January, the home was listed for $8 million. It’s still on the market, so its sellers have lowered the asking price to $7.2 million.

Tirranna has seven bedrooms and sits on 15 acres of forest. In addition to the pond and waterfall, the grounds include gardens designed by Frank Okamura, the landscape architect for the Brooklyn Botanic Garden; a tennis court; a barn and a stable; a swimming pool; a greenhouse; a guest house; and a workshop.

The home itself has been renovated, but it still bears all the stylistic marks of a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed abode: gold leaf-covered chimneys, skylights, built-in bookshelves, and floor-to-ceiling glass window that provide sweeping views of the surrounding forest. Originally, it contained Wright-designed furnishings, but many items of furniture were sold by prior owners, so the Stanleys commissioned reproductions after they purchased the property.

View some pictures of Tirranna below, or visit the online listing for more images (or to make an offer!).

Architect Frank Lloyd Wright's “Tirranna” home in New Canaan, Connecticut

Architect Frank Lloyd Wright's “Tirranna” home in New Canaan, Connecticut

Architect Frank Lloyd Wright's “Tirranna” home in New Canaan, Connecticut

Architect Frank Lloyd Wright's “Tirranna” home in New Canaan, Connecticut

Architect Frank Lloyd Wright's “Tirranna” home in New Canaan, Connecticut

Architect Frank Lloyd Wright's “Tirranna” home in New Canaan, Connecticut

Architect Frank Lloyd Wright's “Tirranna” home in New Canaan, Connecticut

Architect Frank Lloyd Wright's “Tirranna” home in New Canaan, Connecticut

Architect Frank Lloyd Wright's “Tirranna” home in New Canaan, Connecticut

Architect Frank Lloyd Wright's “Tirranna” home in New Canaan, Connecticut

Architect Frank Lloyd Wright's “Tirranna” home in New Canaan, Connecticut

Architect Frank Lloyd Wright's “Tirranna” home in New Canaan, Connecticut

Architect Frank Lloyd Wright's “Tirranna” home in New Canaan, Connecticut

Architect Frank Lloyd Wright's “Tirranna” home in New Canaan, Connecticut

Architect Frank Lloyd Wright's “Tirranna” home in New Canaan, Connecticut

Architect Frank Lloyd Wright's “Tirranna” home in New Canaan, Connecticut

Architect Frank Lloyd Wright's “Tirranna” home in New Canaan, Connecticut

All photos courtesy of Houlihan Lawrence.

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China's New Tianjin Binhai Library is Breathtaking—and Full of Fake Books
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A massive new library in Tianjin, China, is gaining international fame among bibliophiles and design buffs alike. As Arch Daily reports, the five-story Tianjin Binhai Library has capacity for more than 1 million books, which visitors can read in a spiraling, modernist auditorium with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves.

Several years ago, municipal officials in Tianjin commissioned a team of Dutch and Japanese architects to design five new buildings, including the library, for a cultural center in the city’s Binhai district. A glass-covered public corridor connects these structures, but the Tianjin Binhai Library is still striking enough to stand out on its own.

The library’s main atrium could be compared to that of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Guggenheim Museum in New York City. But there's a catch: Its swirling bookshelves don’t actually hold thousands of books. Look closer, and you’ll notice that the shelves are printed with digital book images. About 200,000 real books are available in other rooms of the library, but the jaw-dropping main room is primarily intended for socialization and reading, according to Mashable.

The “shelves”—some of which can also serve as steps or seating—ascend upward, curving around a giant mirrored sphere. Together, these elements resemble a giant eye, prompting visitors to nickname the attraction “The Eye of Binhai,” reports Newsweek. In addition to its dramatic main auditorium, the 36,000-square-foot library also contains reading rooms, lounge areas, offices, and meeting spaces, and has two rooftop patios.

Following a three-year construction period, the Tianjin Binhai Library opened on October 1, 2017. Want to visit, but can’t afford a trip to China? Take a virtual tour by checking out the photos below.

A general view of the Tianjin Binhai Library
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People visiting China's Tianjin Binhai Library.
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A general view of China's Tianjin Binhai Library.
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A woman taking pictures at China's Tianjin Binhai Library.
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A man visiting China's Tianjin Binhai Library.
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A woman looking at books at China's Tianjin Binhai Library.
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A general view of China's Tianjin Binhai Library.
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People visiting China's Tianjin Binhai Library.
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[h/t Newsweek]

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One of Gaudí's Most Famous Homes Opens to the Public for the First Time
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Visiting buildings designed by iconic Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí is on the to-do list of nearly every tourist passing through Barcelona, Spain, but there's always been one important design that visitors could only view from the outside. Constructed between 1883 and 1885, Casa Vicens was the first major work in Gaudí's influential career, but it has been under private ownership for its entire existence. Now, for the first time, visitors have the chance to see inside the colorful building. The house opened as a museum on November 16, as The Art Newspaper reports.

Gaudí helped spark the Catalan modernism movement with his opulent spaces and structures like Park Güell, Casa Batlló, and La Sagrada Familia. You can see plenty of his architecture around Barcelona, but the eccentric Casa Vicens is regarded as his first masterpiece, famous for its white-and-green tiles and cast-iron gate. Deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005, Casa Vicens is a treasured part of the city's landscape, yet it has never been open to the public.

Then, in 2014 the private Spanish bank MoraBanc bought the property with the intention of opening it up to visitors. The public is finally welcome to take a look inside following a $5.3 million renovation. To restore the 15 rooms to their 19th-century glory, designers referred to historical archives and testimonies from the descendants of former residents, making sure the house looked as much like Gaudí's original work as possible. As you can see in the photos below, the restored interiors are just as vibrant as the walls outside, with geometric designs and nature motifs incorporated throughout.

In addition to the stunning architecture, museum guests will find furniture designed by Gaudí, audio-visual materials tracing the history of the house and its architect, oil paintings by the 19th-century Catalan artist Francesc Torrescassana i Sallarés, and a rotating exhibition. Casa Vicens is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. General admission costs about $19 (€16).

An empty room in the interior of Casa Vicens

Interior of house with a fountain and arched ceilings

One of the house's blue-and-white tiled bathrooms

[h/t The Art Newspaper]

All images courtesy of Pol Viladoms.

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