I think it's extremely mediocre, which puts it in the 97th percentile of new American residential architecture. But there is potential. My biggest qualms are the kitchen design and the exterior materials.
The kitchen layout is just crap. Putting the microwave over the stove is inconvenient and dangerous. The workspace is too far from the stove. There is all sorts of wasted space, but yet the stove area is still cramped. The cabinets are cluttered shit and look cheap. Are they laminated MDF? Those will last ten years max before someone says "What the fuck was I thinking?" The bar seating of the island faces the cluttered shitty cabinets instead of the exterior or living areas like they should.
I would have done it one of two ways:
1) floor to ceiling stainless cabinets and shelving along the back wall with a centralized island area where all the work could be done. Something like this:
2) I would make a long, simple stainless counter across the entire length of that back wall, keeping every work station there, and leaving island area open for a big table. I'd eliminate all suspended cabinets keep everything below the counter line to keep it streamlined and then line the back wall with shiny white ceramic tile up to the ceiling as a flush backsplash. You could also wrap the counter into a U, with the workstations facing out towards the back windows.
As for the exterior, corrugated aluminum siding is about the most soulless thing a building can be clad in. It has no redeeming qualities that would get better with age, which makes it a poor investment. There is no sentimental value. Who wants to have a Christmas family party in an aluminum shoe box? Nobody. It's just a step above plastic. If they wanted some non load-bearing siding options, these are superior options:
1) Cedar "rain skin": Economical and easy to install or fix.
2) Timber planks: More costly, but similarly easy
3) White cement render with steel trimmings:
These are better realizations of the same aesthetic. Notice the quality windows, the reduced material choices, and the more consistent, diffused track lighting.
It's amazing how many architects can take something so simple like a house, and make a convoluted piece of plastic shit like this:Edited by StephenHero - 9/23/11 at 2:47pm