Monday, November 8, 2010


Due to the inquiry of Margaret, I have decided to explain what a cantilever is in architecture.  In its simplest definition, a cantilever is a beam that is supported at only one end.  In the photo below, the dashed blue lines represent the placement of a typical beam.  However, with their nonexistence, the floor above is "cantilevered" over the space below.  This creates an open plan below and takes away the obstruction a column sometimes places on the plan.  Frank Lloyd Wright was a master of this and his Falling Water house was a prime example of this.  

Falling Water by Frank Lloyd Wright

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