#119. S.C. Johnson & Son Administration Building, Johnson Wax Building (1936)
The brick and glass administration was built for Samuel C. Johnson and his company. (a) I wonder if he was the one to start implementing the rounding of the corners of highrises often seen in today’s (mostly office) buildings. Wright articulates the 20foot grid with dendriform columns which are capable of carrying six times the weight imposed upon them. (c) After seeing so many Wright structures with such honesty to its materials (stone as base and wood on top), I was starting to question the design for my Hydrotherapy pool because the concept of buoyancy was exemplified by cantilevering a stone mass, deceiving its material integrity (weighted). However, Wright uses the thin, concrete dendriform columns to support heavy brick masses and induce the feeling of weightlessness. He even goes as far as placing a pool around the column so that it looks to be floating on water. (c) Indirect light sneaks in between the spaces in the round radius of the columns, permeating through plastic tubing joined together. The tubes diffuse sound and work as insulation.