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Bringing New Life to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Lost Designs

“I would love to model all of Wright's work, but it is immense,” says architect David Romero. “I do not know if during all my life I will have time.”
Wright's Butterfly Wing Bridge, designed in 1953 for San Francisco.
Wright's Butterfly Wing Bridge, designed in 1953 for San Francisco.David Romero

When Frank Lloyd Wright died in 1959, he left behind more than 600 unrealized designs and a fiercely devoted fanbase that has only grown with time. One of those fans, Spanish architect David Romero, has been using advanced techniques of 3-D representation over the last few years to transform those visions into images so detailed they almost look like contemporary photographs.

It can be challenging for someone to fully grasp Wright’s unbuilt works from his drawings, since they were often presented from very high points of view. Romero, however, visualizes them from the same perspective an individual would have from a nearby street. In order to achieve such detail, the architect considers not only Wright’s drawings but also any relevant photography, historical context, and built references for each rendering.