Frank L. Wright’s Taliesin Receives 21st Century Upgrade

Frank L. Wright’s Taliesin Receives 21st Century Upgrade

Taliesin West

Studio Lux, LLC, a Seattle-based lighting design firm with offices in Los Angeles and London, will be joining the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and Big Green Zero as a partner in the Energizing Taliesin WestTM program.

Lighting designer Christopher Thompson and his firm Studio Lux ( will bring 21st-century lighting technology and design to Frank Lloyd Wright's 1937 laboratory for sustainable architecture.

 A component of Taliesin West's 75th anniversary celebration, the Energizing Taliesin WestTM program combines energy-efficient technologies with solar power production to create a grid-neutral campus, or what the Foundation refers to as a "Big Green Zero." Studio Lux's lighting design and retrofit projects will demonstrate how to sensitively adapt energy-efficient lighting to a historic environment.

Modeling the way for industry and consumers 

At Taliesin West, Studio Lux will provide instruction for students, design professionals and consumers about emerging technology in the lighting world. Thompson says, "We will demonstrate through our instruction and designs how these lighting technologies are transferable to everyday use in homes and businesses. This supports the vision of the Energizing Taliesin West program: to identify cost-effective methods, showcase energy-conserving products, and promote the integration of sustainable-energy technologies into the practice of sustainable building design."

"Frank Lloyd Wright envisioned the Taliesin West campus as an ever-changing sketch. He invited his then-and-future students to fill in the lines as culture, technology, architectural design and materials changed. At Taliesin West, Studio Lux will serve in a multifaceted role. We will introduce lighting technology that advances the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation's goals, improves the quality of light in areas of the facility, and most importantly embraces the original design intent while using efficient, sustainable technology," Thompson adds.

Taliesin Spring

The goal of both renovation projects is to create a Net-Zero energy use campus in coordination with upgrading the electrical and mechanical infrastructure with the latest in energy-efficient products.

“We have partnered with some amazing firms to help us with the needs of both campuses,” Thompson continues. “You can expect some major announcements in the coming months on the partnerships who have been working hard at helping us to solve challenges in these historically sensitive campuses.”

Similar to Taliesin West, Taliesin Spring suffers from antiquated and poorly performing lighting systems throughout the campus. Studio Lux will design and revitalize existing systems by utilizing high efficacy sources such as LED lamps, which will improve light levels, restore the original design intent, and to decrease campus-wide power usage while being sensitive to the site’s historical nature.