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Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Fun House

posted by on July 1 at 16:24 PM

badhousePicture%202.jpg Why show you this house in Leytron, Switzerland? Because you need a good laugh. Not sure if that was the designer’s intention, but the result (the ultimate matter) of the effort/concept/vision is funny.

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I like it.

Posted by Bub | July 1, 2008 4:56 PM

For someone who claims to hate the country and love the city, Charles sure is attracted to houses and other buildings way out in the sticks, unsurrounded by any kind of urbanity at all.

Posted by Fnarf | July 1, 2008 5:08 PM

why is it funny?

Posted by max solomon | July 1, 2008 5:13 PM

it's not funny.

it's just bad architecture.

what is it with the "fish cannery" motif?

Posted by PC | July 1, 2008 5:19 PM

I think it's funny.

Posted by eustaceia | July 1, 2008 5:30 PM

That's not funny. This is funny:

So the Robie House walks into a bar. It sits down.

"Something wrong, pal?" the bartender asks the Robie House.

"No," says the Robie House.

"Well then," says the bartender, "why the long face?"


Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | July 1, 2008 5:48 PM

I'd live there. It's interesting and if you built it somewhere with a great view it would be equally great.

Posted by elswinger | July 1, 2008 6:05 PM

Kelly O and Ari Spool give Seattle Box can of Rize, Seattle Box drink Rize, freak out, Hulk out, SEATTLE BOX BECOME ROCKY HOUSE ZUFFERY!


And no, I don't feel like letting it go.

Posted by The Incredible Sulk | July 1, 2008 6:08 PM

I spent most of my teens in a house that looked a lot like this, in Buckinghamshire. Some nutjob had built a development of these 'Swiss' houses around the base of a hill in the early 70s. The crazy roofline is to deal with massive amounts of snow. It doesn't snow in massive amounts in Buckinghamshire, but does just enough to make it hard in the winter for a car to climb a long, steep driveway that was the only egress from each house to a street that for no apparent reason was at the TOP of the hill - surrounded by these houses. Now THAT was funny, but not particularly if you had to dig out that driveway and keep it gritted and salted.

Posted by Grant Cogswell | July 1, 2008 6:32 PM

I want that house.

Posted by misquito, neato | July 1, 2008 6:46 PM

it's not great, but at least it's not as banal as this shit...

the nunatak project is a riff on the existing landscape...

at least it's responding to something, other than itself... and the interior is rather interesting, sectionally.

Posted by holz | July 1, 2008 7:05 PM

I'll take the vineyard with the house. See what wine money can buy one.

Posted by Sargon Bighorn | July 1, 2008 7:07 PM

It looks like a Mack truck capsized into a ditch.

Posted by RainMan | July 1, 2008 8:21 PM

it seems really out of scale comapred to the houses next door. the large window on the end of it looks to be 30 feet or more tall. is it real?

Posted by jameyb | July 1, 2008 9:01 PM

that's the perspective.

the building is only about 28' tall, the window at the low end is about 7'6" tall.

Posted by holz | July 1, 2008 9:26 PM

I like it. And I'm inclined to like it more because Charles Mudede hates it!

Posted by Dade Murphy | July 1, 2008 10:29 PM

"the result (the ultimate matter)"? really? in case we didn't know what "the result" meant?

i admit it, i actively look for the inanity in charles's posts because it cheers me up.

but you make it so easy. the result (the ultimate matter) is that i end up feeling less petty than i probably should.

Posted by The Post (the words therein) | July 1, 2008 11:42 PM

It's funny because the roof slope is not enough for the snow fall ...

Posted by Will in Seattle | July 2, 2008 12:34 AM

This is not my beautiful house!

Posted by CP | July 2, 2008 1:05 AM


that slope is probably fine. any slope helps, but it's certainly not meant to shed snow as a steep pitch would.

i have no doubt it's engineered for a heavy snow load, although with the presence of grape vines in the yard, its not in switzerland's alpine regions.

Posted by max solomon | July 2, 2008 9:25 AM

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