I'd like to see the inside of the house.
And that thought is: "I sure hate natural light!"
This house is at war with everything - the plants, the landscape, the sunlight, the neighbors, and the inhabitants.
It may be a perfect thought, but it's a terrible house.
That's why I want to see the inside of the house. From the outside this seems like some place one might incarcerate Magneto.
Do you ever get the feeling Charles's favorite toy as a child was a shoebox?
I like the design - the wood/concrete is a nice balance. It probably looks funny, however, becuase I'm almost possitive that's a computer rendering... which means we're contemplating the beauty of something that doesn't exist in any tangible form, and that's a whole 'nuther Charles kinda post.
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Dunno how one can make the "I hate natural light" statement about a house that has this much glass.
why is it you can always tell a charles post without reading the name?
I believe you're wrong. Charles' favorite toy as a child was existentialism.
existentialism inside a shoebox
#s 9 & 10: Thanks for making me snort with laughter. Well played!
Those plantings look very recent and I suspect that they will soon obscure the lower half of the structure. Is this the right thing? The environment looks rather arid and these plants will require a considerable amount of vegetation to flourish. They are even trying to maintain a manicured green lawn. As someone who has no doubt read Mike Davis's "Ecology of Fear," I think Charles knows where this could lead.
I'm a landscape architect who used to work on high-end modernist houses in LA -- the plantings here are paltry, but it could be worse. The house is stunning and the plantings in the planter boxes/retaining walls are really effective. The vines on the fence are probably bougainvillea, a tenacious native, drought-tolerant vine in Mexico (and great in So. Cal). The main problem is, of course, the lawn. You can probably blame that on the client who doesn't want a garden or who likes the status symbol of a lush lawn, though modern architects have been known to demand even planes of "green" as platforms for their sculptural gems.
#6 -- this is definitely not a rendering -- who would put staked trees in a rendering?
It's comical that anyone would make a judgment about that structure based on a tiny screen image.
#13: Staked trees, ha ha ha... I stand corrected, but that .jpg sure looked like a rendering to me, and I'm CAD certified (hardly a boast, meh).
Here's a link to a better pic, w/interiors (keep scrolling down):
I think the side shown in Charles' pic is easily its most interesting - I really like how it's done. The rest of the structure we've seen elsewhere, like blowing up in the first 3 minutes of ever other Miami Vice episode.
Making judgments about tiny photographs of structures found surfing the web? It's called Stranger architecture criticism.
About the Bougainvillea, the last think this house needs is a wall of florescent pink flowers. If it were a crumbling old adobe or one of Robert Irwin's rebar planters at the Getty, that would be fine, but here it would be a criminal offense.
And a pink flamingo. Just one though, 'cause you don't want your frontage to look tacky.
Typical Charles post:
"I really have no idea what I am talking about. Discuss."
Is this in Seattle? Does this pertain to the arts scene in Seattle at all? No? Then who gives a shit? Maybe I'm mistaken in thinking the Stranger is a local publication and there is plenty to discuss about local arts and artists.
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