Saiki Design was part of a multi-disciplinary team that developed a Preservation Master Plan for the restoration of Taliesin, the home and roots of Frank Lloyd Wright and, arguably, his most representative building embodying organic architecture. The master plan required a significant effort to understand the theoretical underpinnings and history of the evolving residence. Through a series of in-depth discussions with Taliesin Preservation, Inc and additional research and site-based observations, the design team and client determined that it was neither appropriate nor sustainable for the master plan to advocate the simple replication of an earlier form.
The master plan considers appropriate material selection; layout of natural centers and connections; scale and definable boundaries paths and appropriate signage. The result of such efforts is an increased awareness of how Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin successfully integrates the building with the landscape through his understanding of Nature.
The Taliesin Preservation Master Plan received an Excellence in Planning award from the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.