Unity Temple

Oak Park, Illinois, 1904-1907

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Frank Lloyd Wright , United States

Unity Temple was designed for the Unitarian Church in Oak Park, a suburb of Chicago. Having been familiar with the Unitarian world view through his family since childhood, Wright tried to design the building as an expression of their views on the unity of all life and the dignity of the human being.

This design became an important breakthrough for Wright. He discovered that the essence of a building is not to be found in its walls and roof, but in the spaces in between. Traditional architecture delineates interior space. Wright on the other hand, through his differentiation of space, tried to convey a feeling of spatial continuity. This space, being "freed" from its limiting boundaries, was for Wright the architectural equivalent of the "free" human being, an ideal he shared with Unitarians.

Frank Lloyd Wright
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