Architecture You Want Cheap Shit Condos?
posted by September 2 at 17:32 PMon
Then go to cheapshitcondos.com to review Seattle’s cheapest, shittiest condos. The buildings range from unforgivable blights (what were you thinking, Capitol Crest?), to ordinary buildings with cladding like layers of Wet n’ Wild slapped on a drag queen (hey, Braeburn). And the Breaburn’s real burn: It may look like shit, but the units aren’t cheap. A medium-sized one-bedroom loft went for $465,000.
So, then, what qualifies a condo as a cheap shit condo? Here is CSC’s answer:
Cheapshit condos are the boxy, boring, characterless buildings blanding up our neighborhoods. As far as specific criteria, we look at buildings that are new-ish and clash with the neighborhood, basically whatever we don’t like and our neighbors send us. There has been a good response from people who recognize the cheapshit condos in their neighborhoods.
I’ve got to say, I’m rather enamored with CSC. Some developers hire discount architecture firms that use shoddy materials to save money but charge market rate for their condos anyway. Then we’re all stuck looking at a crappy-ass building for decades, while the seedy siding is besieged by rust and mildew. Unless developers are building low-income housing, they deserve a slap on the wrist from cheapshitcondos.com.
That said, the crowd that reflexively screams bloody murder about any new housing on the site of a precious parking lot or a dilapidated vacant supermarket deserves a swift kick in the eyes. Those morons always whine that new buildings aren’t made entirely out of hand-formed masonry and finished with detailed trim, and then, when they do see a really nice modern building, they bitch that it costs too much. Things made out of expensive materials cost more, fussy twits. And anything new will “clash” with old stuff around it. Failing to look like the old stuff—does anyone really want Disneyesque replications of old Seattle architecture?—is only a problem when the modern building sucks. Which some do.
So if you’ve got a cheap shit condo to suggest—a condo that is truly uninspired and flimsy—pitch it to CSC over here.