|Southwest terrace and western side of living room, with waterfall below.|
|The terrace on the right in the picture is the one nearest the camera in most popular photos of Fallingwater. It extends west from the front portion of the livingroom, which is also partially over the stream just before it breaks over the waterfall. Above the living room is Fallingwater's largest terrace (see this view with visitors on it). As you may be able to tell in the photo, the front portion of the living room is cantilevered, and this southwest terrace is attached to it from the side, so that it seems to hang in space above the falls, even more dramatically than the rock ledge below it, which it echos symbolically. In contrast to this another view of this terrace from the other side creates a different impression, one of serenity and quiet harmony with nature.|
Photo by the National Park Service.|
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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.