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Prairie Architecture: 3 Luxury Homes Inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright

In honor of Frank Lloyd Wright’s birthday, Luxury Defined spotlights homes inspired by the master of 20th-century architecture

Frank Lloyd Wright bestrides the 20th century as its most revered architect.

A bold experimentalist who believed form and function should be one, joined in a spiritual union,” his visionary designs turned their backs on their Chicago suburbs with steep, gabled roofs, high walls, and fortress-like turrets, which evolved into the low, terrain-embracing, organic structures that he dubbed the Prairie style.

When his work went out of fashion, he made a comfortable living by teaching and dealing in Japanese prints. In later years, back in style, Wright’s bold modernism gave us the Guggenheim Museum and the iconic glory of Fallingwater. He taught and influenced generations of architects (and yet disdained the works of contemporaries in his lifelong refusal to join the American Institute of Architects. The AIA, of course, gave him its highest honor, the Gold Medal, in 1949).

This edition of Luxury Defined highlights the works of Wright’s devotees in honor of the anniversary of his birth on June 8, 1867.

1. Ipeak House in Caledon, Ontario, Canada

In the ethos of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Organic Architecture, this forest retreat in the Caledon Countryside embraces the landscape that surrounds it.

Ipeak House is a bold, brilliant postmodern home surrounded by 100 wooded acres in the Caledon countryside, just an hour from Toronto. Kariouk Architects designed the residence as a forest retreat in the spirit of Wright’s Organic Architecture.

The design’s primary focus is its long, tent-angled steel roof, shaping the interior volumes and circulation path towards a view of the forest.

The asymmetric steel frame construction is clad in slate (mirrored on several interior walls) to echo the rock outcrops on the grounds. Wood ceilings and timber beams warm the vast great room with its enormous skylight, gas fireplace with a polished granite surround—just off a two-story deck with a white oak tongue-and-groove ceiling and ipe wood floor.

The open-concept kitchen has a lounge with an elevated, open fireplace. The children’s bedrooms are suspended like a cocoon above the main floor from a 40-foot steel beam and accessed by a catwalk.

The lower level is dedicated to entertainment and relaxation, with a movie theater, gaming room, infrared sauna, family room, and guest bedroom.

Transom windows infuse the space with natural light and bring in the views of the surrounding forest, meadows, and ponds.

2. 1950s Mansion in San Fernando, Buenos Aires, Argentina

San Fernando, Argentina, is the picturesque setting for this Raúl von der Becke-designed modernist mansion, which takes inspiration from the tiered rooflines and balconies of Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic Fallingwater estate.

A wooded ravine enfolds this alluring mid-century modern mansion in San Fernando de la Buena Vista, a port city 20 miles northwest of Buenos Aires.

Architect Raúl von der Becke modeled the design on Wright’s cantilevered 1935 masterwork, Fallingwater, in Laurel Highlands, Pennsylvania.

This house follows the precepts of FLW’s Organic Architecture: “Simplicity and repose are the qualities that measure the true value of any work of art.” The home has been completely restored, yet perfectly preserved since its construction in the late 1950s.

The 12,917-square-foot interior spans four levels accessed by stairs and an elevator. There are six bedrooms and seven bathrooms. Two offices/studios can double as additional accommodations. The main living and dining area is on the third floor, along with a guest bathroom, balcony and a terrace with an authentic quincho barbecue grill.

The top floor has a teak roof terrace to take in the panoramic views of the home’s beautiful private gardens. The second floor houses four bedrooms; one is en suite and each has a private balcony. The lower levels have an additional two bedrooms with a shared bathroom and a balcony, and staff and service rooms.

The landscaped gardens offer a haven of tranquility with a resort-like pool deck, tropical trees and flowering plants. A car collector’s garage has seven parking spaces.

3. The Spica Estate in Gelderland, Netherlands

At one with its idyllic setting, this luxurious home near Amsterdam pays homage to Wright’s distinctive Prairie style.

This unique waterfront residence is situated on beautiful grounds surrounded by a lake overlooking The Dutch golf course in the village of Spijk.

The Spica Estate has the allure of a country house yet with the amenities and décor of a chic urban hotel—underground parking with space for a dozen cars, a butler’s house, and a carriage house with pool, gym, sauna, and hammam.

Evocative of Wright’s Prairie style, the main residence is a tiered, cantilevered structure with an organic, open plan layout, featuring vaulted ceilings, a warm palette, and abundant fenestration.

The property is currently configured as six penthouse suites, each with more than 6,000 square feet of living space and 2,500 square feet of terraces from which to take in the bucolic views.

Interested in more prairie style architecture homes inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright? Explore our luxury collection here.