Why Frank Lloyd Wright Would be Happy Today

Taliesin WestTaliesin West, the iconic desert home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, is going net-zero. Image: Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation

Do you love Frank Lloyd Wright’s work? If so, we think you’ll be pleased with what’s happening to his Arizona home. And we think he’d love it, too.

Taliesin West, Frank Lloyd Wright’s personal winter home near Scottsdale, Ariz., is going net-zero, and we think the late architect would be proud.

A net-zero home, in case you didn’t know, simply means a home that produces as much energy as it consumes.

The first step in making Taliesin West net-zero is making some basic energy-efficient upgrades we’re all familiar with:

  • Installing new light bulbs (5,000 of them at Taliesin West).

But the star of the show is the 250-kilowatt solar system that will generate all the energy Taliesin West needs, bringing its $200,000 yearly energy bills down to zero.

The solar panels won’t be put on the house, since altering this National Historic Landmark is a big no-no. Instead, they’ll be hidden away elsewhere on the property grounds.

Since Wright was known for architecture that blends with natural surroundings, we think he’d like this net-zero plan. How about you?

What do you love about Frank Lloyd Wright? How do you think he’d feel about his home’s remodel?