Known as one of architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpieces, Taliesin West was built in 1937 as Wright's winter home. It set the bar for bold, innovative design and complements its desert environment. Southwestern architects are still taking their cues from it. Inhabited by a team of architectural experts and students, Taliesin West is a living architectural laboratory in northeast Scottsdale at the base of the McDowell Mountains. The exterior is a juxtaposition of massive stone masonry and a breezy canvas-covered redwood framework. Interior spaces feature a cinema, music pavilion, and theater, as well as Wright’s private living quarters and drafting studio. Taliesin West’s spaces are linked by scenic terraces, which overlook desert landscapes and downtown Phoenix in the distance. Daily guided tours are kept small and last from one to three hours.