Saturday, December 11, 2010

"Modern" Gingerbread House

At a Christmas party earlier today, J and I had visions of creating a 20th century gingerbread house that would look something like this:

Le Corbusier, Villa Savoye, Possy-sur-Seine, France, 1929
(image via Wikipedia (ValueYou), under the GNU Free Documentation License, v. 1.3)

Or this:

Frank Lloyd Wright, Kaufmann House (Fallingwater), Bear Run, Pennsylvania, 1936-39

Needless to say, our final product was not nearly as fancy:

Let's just hope that our gingerbread house is as architecturally sound as the Le Corbusier and Wright buildings. Or even more architecturally sound, I should say: Frank Lloyd Wright's building was in danger of collapse at one point. The terraces of Fallingwater began to droop over time and were considered unstable. In addition, "long-term stress on the main level's beams resulted in cracks in the beams, causing the floors to sag."1 The building was restored in 2002, as part of an $11.5 million restoration project.

You know, maybe it's a little encouraging to know that even Frank Lloyd Wright wasn't a perfect architect. Then maybe I won't be disappointed if my house has collapsed by tomorrow morning!

(If anyone ends up building another gingerbread house that was inspired by a great architectural work, let me know! I'd love to see a picture. I dare someone to try and build a gingerbread house that based off of Frank Gehry's Guggenheim Bilbao Museo.)

1 Fred S. Kleiner and Christin J. Mamiya, Gardner's Art Through the Ages, 12th ed., vol. 2 (Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, 2005), 1017.