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Falling Rock, a luxury hotel situated on the grounds of Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, is a love letter to Frank Lloyd Wright. The Pennsylvania hotel wasn’t designed by the master architect, but it represents an interpretation of his ideas in hotel form. Architect David Merritt designed the building, which opened in 2004, as well as most everything that’s inside it, from the furniture to the light fixtures. The façade of the hotel is made up of a series of triangles — these ensure that each of the 42 guest rooms gets a corner window. The stone on the exterior sets the tone for the natural materials and warm color palette that are found throughout the hotel. As you walk inside, you’ll feel like you’ve entered an upscale lodge. The atrium lobby gives the spacious room an airy feel, and lounge-like seating in earthy tones gives you a sense of the casual comfort found everywhere at this luxury Farmington hotel.
The guest rooms feel incredibly cozy — you’ll want to head straight for the soft chenille-covered bed with its padded headboard. Brown, maroon and tan tones keep the room neutral, and wood nightstands and armoire has lots of hard angles. In the bathroom, handsome dark wood cabinets are matched with beige marble tiles and granite counters. Polished brass fixtures contrast with rough textures like the oversize faux-fossils hanging over the white soaking tub. Frank Lloyd Wright’s use of geometric designs is mimicked in throughout the property — triangles appear everywhere from inside the elevator to the place settings at Aqueous restaurant. The lobby steakhouse is a sophisticated space with views of the golf course that you can take in from Wright’s iconic barrel chairs. Once you’ve see Nemacolin’s version of Wright’s principles, remember that you can take a tour of nearby Falling Water, Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpiece and the namesake for the hotel.
Inspired by the design of “America’s Most Famous” Architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, Falling Rock opened in August 2004 and was designed by architect, David Merritt. Incorporating Wright’s legendary style of organic architecture through design, structural elements and furnishings, Falling Rock seamlessly blends into the surrounding nature, creating a sense of warmth and charm. Wright believed in geometric shapes; therefore, throughout the property you will notice the use of the triangle shape. A shape that designer, Merritt, used to signify the “rock.” All features throughout the hotel were designed down to the last detail from the lighting fixtures down to the amenity boxes in each guest room.