Fallingwater

MTR designed visitor services improvements at Fallingwater, Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpiece on Bear Run in southwestern Pennsylvania. We designed a new, more gracious entrance that fits seamlessly with the existing mature forest while establishing a more prominent presence along the public road. To accommodate grade changes, we designed a natural looking rocky bank covered with native ferns, rhododendrons, and oaks. We also reconfigured the visitor parking lots, creating a series of small “parking rooms” and with rain gardens to collect and treat stormwater. Paving was minimized to reduce stormwater runoff and create room to plant native trees to shade the parking. Changes to the circulation patterns and the creation of a drop-off area have improved wayfinding and parking efficiency.