In 1936, Frank Lloyd Wright was given tremendous freedom to design the worldwide headquarters and administration buildings for SC Johnson and Son Company. The architect responded with a sprawling and towering statement that both reflected and influenced the environment of the American workplace. Wright aimed to “recreate nature” in the two distinct buildings which feature nearly 200 special shapes of Cherokee Red brick, “lily pad” columns, and glass walls that invite light in while tubes distort views of the outside world.
Both the Administration Building and Research Tower, built a decade apart, proved the viability of new construction techniques while successfully mimicking the natural forms Wright loved.
The horizontal main building model is constructed of a mix of light and dark woods, highlighting the interplay between the unique brick and stone shapes. The tower incorporates clear elements to mirror the building’s unique glass tubing. Careful adherence to the architect’s design ensures your completed model will be as stunningly beautiful and iconic as the original.
Beautifully boxed, the S. C. Johnson Wax Complex kit comes with clear, easy to follow instructions. It is a unique and thoughtful gift for a history buff, for fans of architecture, or anyone who appreciates America’s industrial ingenuity.
The S.C. Johnson Wax Complex is our largest model and as such this kit offers the recipient more building experience. Thanks to clear step-by-step instructions and detailed illustrations, the assembly process is interesting and enjoyable. You can feel confident in presenting this kit as a gift to either an eager novice or an experienced model builder.
There are three options when choosing this or any of our other finely detailed models. You can purchase the kit and build it yourself, taking pride in your workmanship. Or, you may choose to purchase the kit and the Acrylic Display Case, so your build-yourself model will always remain in pristine condition. Finally, you can purchase a professionally built (Finished) kit. Professionally finished models are signed by the artist and include a display case.
Materials: Aspen, American Cherry, MDF and acrylic.
Model Scale 1:500 – Approx. 300 x 210 x 90 mm (11.75 x 8.25 x 3.5 in)
Our kits come complete with all required parts. You’ll need to provide a good quality wood glue (white glue). You will also need a knife to remove individual parts from their sheets. Finally, you'll want a flat work surface to construct the model. This is not a toy.
Frank Lloyd Wright, 1867 – 1959
Frank Lloyd Wright grew up in Wisconsin and before graduating high school, he was apprenticed to architect Joseph Lyman Silsbee. In 1887, he worked as a draughtsman with Adler and Sullivan in Chicago, working under Louis Sullivan, who has been called the father of modernism and the inventor of the skyscraper. In 1893, Wright left Adler and Sullivan to open his own firm. Throughout his career, Wright sought to create buildings that would open up richer possibilities for their inhabitants, a testament to his idea that all buildings should liberate the life of the individual. He firmly believed that the architecture of the future could no longer act as a mere shell or shelter and instead proposed an alternative architecture designed from within outward, spacious and exuberant. He was very interested in how people used, lived and worked in built spaces, and often designed furnishings and interior decorations (such as his famous stained glass creations) for his building projects.
In 1932, Wright and his wife Olgivanna created The Taliesin Fellowship, an architectural apprenticeship program, the spirit of which lives on today as the School of Architecture at Taliesin in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Wright died on April 9, 1959 at age 91, and was buried in Spring Green, Wisconsin In 1985, his remains were relocated to the site of his winter home, Taliesin West, in Scottsdale, Arizona.
More about the S.C. Johnson Wax Complex
Wright’s focus went beyond the building’s structure. He planned more than 40 different pieces of furniture for the Administration Building that would reflect aspects of the building's unique design and also encourage productivity. The rolling file carts, for example, could be moved around easily – gliding almost silently under the “lily pad” ceiling of the Great Workroom.
Despite cost overruns (originally budgeted at $200,000, final cost on the complex tallied more than $900,000) Johnson remained a great fan of Wright. After having the architect design his company’s complex, he asked Wright to create his home as well. Wingspread, the 14,000 square foot Prairie style home, is about 5 miles north of the company’s Racine campus.
The S.C. Johnson Wax Complex is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a National Historic Landmark.
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