Edgar Kaufmann Residence - Fallingwater- was completed in 1939. Jutting over the rich flow of a mountain stream deep in the West Pennsylvanian forest, this house embodies the quintessence of Wright's architectural concept. Familiar techniques since the times of 'Prairie Houses' such as harmony with nature, open plan emphasizing on horizontality, continuity between indoor and outdoor, or walls opened by means of windows, but also the idea behind the structure/construction method of supporting 1/3 of the building with cantilevers are akin to the modernity in 'Usonian Houses'. Such maturity of quality makes this house a magnum opus among Wright's works, one of the best in all modern architecture.
Japanese architectural photographer and editor Yokio Futagawa born in Osaka, Japan in 1932. Graduated from architecture course at the Miyakojima Technical Senior High School, majored in History of Art at Faculty of Letters, Arts and Sciences, the Waseda University and graduated in 1956. Published 10-volume of “Minka—Traditional Japanese Houses” which won the Cultural Award from the Mainich Publishing Company in 1959.
In 1970, established the architectural publisher, A.D.A. EDITA Tokyo Co., Ltd.. From it now on, it continues to publish a large variety of architectural publications, such as GA DOCUMENT, GA HOUSES and GA JAPAN, especially focusing on modern architecture from all around the world including “GA (Global Architecture)” series (77-volume), “the monograph of the works of Frank Lloyd Wright” (12-volume). He lost his battle to cancer on March 5 at the age of 80 in Tokyo, Japan.
Won numerous honors for his work, the AIA in 1975, the Japanese Ministry of Education in 1984, the International Union of Architects (UIA) in 1985 and all. Received Japanese Government, a Purple Ribbon Medal in 1997, the Order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold Rays with Rosette in 2005.