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Frank Lloyd Wright in Tokyo, Japan: Jiyu Gakuen Girls School

Another blog about Frank Lloyd Wright? Well, what can I say, the man was and still is an inspiration to many.  My wife and I visited Tokyo in March 2015 and we could not pass up on the opportunity to visit FLW’s Jiyu Gakuen Girls’ School.

It’s just a 5 minute walk from Ikebukuro station, one of the busiest train stations in the world. You walk easily by it’s site in the narrow streets of Toshima, but when you find the Jiyu Gakuen Myonichikan, the House of Tomorrow, you know it is undeniably Frank Lloyd Wright. The five large windows of the main building are a dead give-away, as is the symmetry. Inside you find the original furniture and lighting designs of the school building, that was completed in 1921.

Inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright

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Frank Lloyd Wright stainde glass

My house, a typical Dutch suburb row house, was built in 1987 and the first owners immediately replaced the window above the door that separates the living from the stairs to the first floor, with wired glass. Fire proof, yes, but also a very disturbing look in a cosy living room.

So I thought: let’s replace it with a beautiful piece of glass and drew inspiration from Frank Lloyd Wright’s ‘Clerestory Windows’ for Avery Coonley Playhouse in Riverside, Illinois. I simplified the design from 1912, replaced the colours with the ones I already have in my kitchen window and asked a professional to make it. Above you see the result and the original from FLW. Quite pleased with it.

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