We wouldn't mind being quarantined in a Frank Lloyd Wright house.
For one thing, the famed architect was all about bringing the outdoors in, which sounds like a promising treatment for claustrophobia.
For another, we figure his designs would look cool on Zoom—no virtual background needed.
Of course, Wright's buildings are currently not open even to visitors, much less pandemic squatters. But you can at least get a look at some of the 20th century's most innovative architecture, thanks to a social media initiative launched earlier this month by the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy in partnership with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and Unity Temple Restoration Foundation.
Each Thursday at 1pm ET, 19 participating Wright sites are invited to post a short video tour to their social media accounts highlighting another Wright property and tag the post #WrightVirtualVisits.
The idea for the round-robin sharing project, according to an announcement from the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, is to "help each site’s social media followers discover and experience new places and raise public awareness for all of these important landmarks."
You can find the new videos each week by searching for the hashtag on Twitter or Instagram, or by going directly to the social media accounts of participating buildings, which are listed on the website of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy. (Not every building participates each week, though.)
As Smithsonian magazine points out, the video tours have so far shown off the newly renovated kitchen at Unity Temple in Oak Park, Illinois; the exterior of Wright's Arizona winter residence, Taliesin West (see below); and the view from the terrace of Fallingwater (pictured above), which sits above a waterfall in Pennsylvania.
Those are some of Wright's best-known works—and you can see them all from the depths of your quarantine.
“It is precisely at this time, when so many are shut inside, that we need to experience beauty and inspiration," the conservancy's executive director, Barbara Gordon, said in a statement. "Wright’s works bring people together in harmony with the natural world, reminding us that we are all connected, even when we’re apart."