1 This is the view of the surrounding desert as one enters the site of Taliesin West, the winter home of architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
2 This is the entrance to the housing, which was built into the landscape. Wright was adamant about the connection to the desert, saying that "Arizona needs its own architecture...Arizona's long, low, sweeping lines, uptilting planes."
3 Our group was greeted by Sean Malone - CEO and President, Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.
4 This is Effi Casey - Legacy Fellow, Taliesin West.
5 A portrait of the inimitable Frank Lloyd Wright - His namesake School of Architecture was formally initiated in 1932, when 23 apprentices came to live and learn at Taliesin in Spring Green, Wisconsin to "Learn by Doing."
6 Frank Lloyd Wright and his Taliesin Fellowship began to "trek" to Arizona each winter beginning in 1933. In 1937, Wright purchased the desert plot where Taliesin West would soon be built. This is a photo of an older Wright after the Arizona construction.
7 Our humorous, knowledgeable, and informative guide, Jason Silverman, is the Residence Life Manager.
8 We were shown many great photos, like this one, of the groundbreaking of this desert structure.
9 To offer a reprieve from the harshness of the surrounding desert, fountains and reflective pools were positioned throughout the property.
10 Small patches of grass also offer relief from the harsh landscape.
11 Concrete and stone from the surrounding area was used to construct the series of buildings, which are connected by courtyards, terraces, and walkways.
12 This is our group, which was assembled by Walter Robb - Co-Ceo Whole Foods Market
13 The amazing views into Phoenix and of the mountains
14 This is the exterior of the drafting room.
15 The structure was built at the foot of the McDowell mountain. Wright had an aversion to right angles and boxy shapes. The triangular swimming pool was built to reflect the shape of the mountain.
16 This is the living room, part of the Wrights' private quarters.
17 Another shot of the exterior with beautiful yucca growing
18 In the desert - saguaro cactus, barrel cactus, and palo verde trees
19 These glass balls are on display on the terrace off the triangular swimming pool.
20 As was this citrus
21 Pyracantha berries also on display
22 Wright was an admirer and avid collector of Chinese artistry and Taliesin West contains a number of Chinese objects.
23 Walter Robb, Muhtar Kent - Chairman and CEO The Coca-Cola Company, and Marc Benioff - Chairman and CEO Salesforce.com, Inc. The tree is a Schinus molle, or Peruvian pepper tree.
24 Muhtar, Walter, and Effi
25 This is the breezeway, adjacent to the dining room on the left.
26 Cocktails and dinner were served here in the Wright's living room.
27 The ceiling is covered with roll-back shades to eliminate the harsh desert sun.
28 The furniture is all Wright design, constructed in situ.
29 The circular doorway across the lawn is the Moon Gate, leading to the private sleeping quarters of the Wrights.
30 There were many inverted, truncated pyramid stools.
31 Wright wing chairs
32 Art created by students and residents
33 This interesting mosaic adorns the living room.
34 Effi reminiscing
35 Muhtar enjoying the space
36 Wright on quartz
37 The bedroom
38 We noticed that men are now way taller than in Wright's day. Doorways and ceilings seemed quite low.
39 One is almost sitting on the ground in this chair - Way out of proportion for today's men.
40 A nice exterior shot
41 Here I am going through the Moon Gate.
42 The structure is surrounded with very beautiful landscape plants - all native and thriving.
43 More native plantings including those orange pyracantha berries
44 Another fabulous copper sculpture
45 An Italian cypress adds interesting height to the gardens.
46 More Chinese art
47 The interior of the drafting room
48 There are many Heloise Crista sculptures, including this great one of an archer.
49 The citrus grove is very productive.
50 Our tour continued in the Music Pavillion.
51 We looked at more old photos. This is one of the tiny students' quarters, which they built and lived in during construction of Taliesin West.
52 The fire-breathing dragon
53 Here I am with Sophia Nicolay, the current Graphic Design Fellow.
54 And here I am as the sun was setting.
55 A gorgeous desert sunset!
56 We went to Cabaret Hall to listen to the resident quartet.
57 In the evening, there is dramatic light and effects.
58 Another example
59 Dinner was served in the Garden Room.
60 I loved the table decorations.
61 The dinner was catered by Whole Foods Market.
62 Dinner was served on china designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.