Opposites at Work

This series explores opposites at Fallingwater, referencing the concept of duality, which Wright so masterfully used in his design of Fallingwater. Opposites at Work gives parents of young learners a chance to engage their children more closely with some of the smaller details in Fallingwater which display the duality between the manmade and the nature-made.

In versus Out

No matter where they sit, Fallingwater has a way of connecting those inside with nature outside.

Open versus Closed

Lilliane’s bedroom at Fallingwater opens onto a terrace twice its size, leading Lilliane Kaufmann outside into the open air.

Near versus Far

Depending on where you stand, Fallingwater puts into focus pieces like this ceramic decanter from the Kaufmanns’ personal collection. 

Up versus Down

Nature plays all around Fallingwater, surrounding it peacefully. 

“Wright made very few changes before the first working drawings were finished in January 1936. One of them was to round the edges of the parapets and roof slabs … to respond to the smooth curve of the water over the falls.”
Donald Hoffman

Square versus Round

A stable shelf can be different shapes.

Light versus Dark

Turn on a light to make a dark room bright.

Soft versus Hard

No matter where you are in the Living Room, a soft zabuton or a wooden stool can give an excellent view.


Parents, can your young learner find the opposite in the pictures above?

Our 2023 Fawcett Digital Multimedia Intern Daniel Rothermel used his design expertise to create a fun trivia game that was originally launched on Fallingwater’s social media in July 2023. “Opposites at Work” is inspired by a children’s board book and offers young learners an exciting way to virtually explore Fallingwater’s various features and collection items.

Photo of Fallingwater intern Daniel Rothermel