Want a Bite of Frank Lloyd Wright? Fallingwater Now Comes in Gingerbread Form
In recent years, have your nieces and nephews been stealing the show at your family’s annual gingerbread building competition? Perhaps your designs need to be a little more ambitious then. Why not up the ante with a gingerbread house modeled after a famous architectural structure?
The rigidity of gingerbread and the brightness of white icing lend themselves well to recreating the terraced crown of William Van Alen’s art-deco wonder, the Chrysler Building, for example. And the Eames’ modern Pacific Palisades marvel Case Study House No. 8 is easily recreated with candy glass, allowing plenty of natural light into the interior — just as Charles and Ray intended. Mies van der Rohe's Farnsworth House may be the easiest to make, the spareness of which is easily captured by pouring white fondant over a simple cookie framework. ARTINFO’s personal favorite is Buckminster Fuller’s Geodesic Dome, a half-soccer ball structure of sheer geometric genius.
Overzealous builders can even attempt Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, replacing its brick façade with stacked SweetTarts. Watch out for the tricky cantilevers, though — they can spell disaster if not properly supported by T-shaped beams.
ARTINFO is here with a winning game plan for this year’s festivities, inspired by iconic landmark buildings and the world’s most revered architects. To see the full range of architecture-inspired gingerbread houses, click the slideshow.