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Tiny Dorm Cabins at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Architecture School

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This video takes you on a guided tour of a 500 acre property created by Frank Lloyd Wright in the desert of Scottsdale, Arizona. There are several creative tiny shelters, dorms, and cabins on the property all designed and built as experiments by the architecture students.

You’ll find a hanging tent, a few cabins, a canvas tent shelter, and more. Students of the Taliesin Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture also get access to a communal kitchen and a studio to work with.

When the students arrive, they’re able to choose a structure to live in for the duration of their stay at the school. Usually this is several months. Then they can choose to remodel, rehab, and work on a current shelter or design and build their own from scratch on the property.

Dorm Cabins at Taliesin West Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture School


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Video: Guided Tour of Taliesin West Shelter Program


Our big thanks to Kirsten Dirksen, the Faircompanies team, and Stephanie Schull (director of academic affairs at the school) for sharing this inspiring architecture school with us!

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Alex is a contributor and editor for TinyHouseTalk.com and the always free Tiny House Newsletter. He has a passion for exploring and sharing tiny homes (from yurts and RVs to tiny cabins and cottages) and inspiring simple living stories. We invite you to send in your story and tiny home photos too so we can re-share and inspire others towards a simple life too. Thank you!
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  • Charlotte Mo
    October 28, 2014, 1:00 pm

    I bet the students fight over that pod thing. That is too cool. What a great opportunity!

  • Kelly Libert
    October 29, 2014, 2:23 pm

    Excellent that they are studying the creation of small spaces. It takes much more creativity and ingenuity to create a beautiful and livable home when working with square footage in the hundreds rather than thousands. It is easy to throw plans onto paper, but living in them while they are modifying them or building their own structure will provide them with a more practical perspective. Two thumbs up!

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