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Large terrace off the master bedroom and southwest terrace off the living room.
The largest terrace in the house is accessible by two sets of double glass doors opening off the master bedroom on the second floor. This terrace (the upper terrace in the photo) is directly on top of the living room, which hangs cantilevered over the stream. The lower terrace in the photo (see another view of this southwest terrace) is secondarily cantilevered, hanging off from the side of the main cantilever, directly over the waterfall. See a view from the opposite (east) side of the house showing the stairs which reach down (with no supports from underneath) to the stream just behind the falls. The bold cantilevering forms a suggestion that the house is emerging, perhaps growing, from the rock face, and the view from downstream creates a dramatic presence, although from slightly upstream, the house seems to nestle low in the valley.
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Without drawing on tradition, without relying on precedent, Fallingwater was created by Frank Lloyd Wright as a declaration that in nature man finds his spiritual as well as his physical energies, that a harmonious response to nature yields the poetry and joy that nourish human living.

- Edgar Kaufmann, Jr., Fallingwater: A Frank Lloyd Wright Country House, p. 65.

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