Architecture is not the first thing I think of when I think of Arizona, but I had a very nice surprise – and it wasn’t just that I was taken with the buildings, but the architects.
And I really didn’t think “architecture” – except for maybe nature’s hand – when we did that Grand Canyon trip. Architect Mary Colter designed several buildings in the park, including a Watchtower (providing an incredible panoramic view, as well as some amazing native art work), hotel and studio/shop.
In Sedona, there’s the Chapel of the Holy Cross, conceived and funded by Marguerite Bruswig Staude, herself a sculptor, and inspired by the Empire State Building in NYC.
Then there’s Taliesin West, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Arizona home, as well as a forward-thinking, experimental and experiential architecture school.
The design was inspired by nature, Japanese art, geometric form (esp. triangles) and music.
Beautiful stuff. Up next, I think we need to talk about cacti.