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Originally Posted by Hayward View Post

Well, it IS Beirut. If someone wants to make an ironic statement with their home, why not? It's a pretty spectacular house in any case.

It's a penthouse, but yeah.

Reading the description on the architects website, it seems that it has a point.

Just added a bunch of extra pictures including of the rest of the building.
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Siamoises Mentana-Boyer
Blouin Tardif Architecture Envrionnement
Montréal, Canada

post #3273 of 4539

Just got back from a couple of weeks with family in Japan.


With some friends, went to visit some friends-of-friends in their new house beside the sea south of Tokyo. 


Wonderful location, on a fairly steep, forested slope near the ocean. 


Terrible house design. Whilst the house was structurally well-designed for the site, as it was essentially a series of interconnected boxes which stepped down the slope on three levels, apart from the structural factor, the house entirely failed to take advantage of its location. 


A lot of Japanese houses in cities have smaller, narrow windows that are positioned up high so that some natural light comes in but it is difficult for neighbours to see into houses. Despite the fact that there were no neighbours around, this house was made in precisely that style. There were hardly any windows to take advantage of the view. At the end of the third "box", there were large glass sliding doors that led out onto a sizeable deck - but for reasons entirely opaque to me, the deck was surrounded on the other three sides by a 2.5m high concrete wall with absolutely no windows in it whatsoever. The sun was beating down on us and it was sweltering. It killed me to think that if the walls were not there, we would have fantastic forest and ocean views and lovely ocean breezes but instead we were confined to a concrete box. 


The only room that actually had reasonably large windows was the bathroom, which looked out onto a small, walled Japanese garden and which was very nice. You could soak in the bath and contemplate the garden and the large trees on the other side of the garden fence. However, that didn't make up for the absolute failure of the rest of the design. 

post #3274 of 4539

I suspect cultural differences are at play. Privacy valued over views, which you can enjoy from outside the building in any case. 


Some idiosyncrasies could also be due to regulation and how Japan's sketchy construction industry interacts with it. You've probably noticed that a lot of of the narrow back streets in Japanese cities have taller buildings where floor setbacks and sloping rooflines overlook the street to allow light in. Problem is, I'm fairly certain I've seen examples where the setback faces an adjacent building instead of the street. What good does that do?

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Based on this thread I have concluded architects really like to work on infill projects and people that do infill projects seem to be able to afford architects.
post #3276 of 4539
I had the exact same conversation earlier today.
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Alberto Campo Baeza
House of the Infinite Plane
Cádiz, Spain

Edited by StephenHero - 7/14/14 at 12:53am
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^That's what the house in Japan that I was talking about a few posts back *could* have been like. Instead, due to foolish design decisions, it very deliberately turned its back on its great location and looked inwards instead of outwards. 

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I find it very cold, with all the sandstone and almost no wood or color.
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What fucking house are you looking at?

The stone is travertine, not some lowly sandstone. The great benefit of travertine is color. Since it's finely porous, slightly reflective, and striated with really beautiful patterns of white and yellows, the expansive surfaces of the house will change in color throughout the day to reflect the color of the ocean and the horizon. It's like...the perfect material for one's interest in color in the given context. In the evening, the warm light (red) will turn the entire house a pinkish orange, and in the day, the cool daylight (blue) will negate the tan and turn the house almost purely white. With those changing conditions in mind, the white interior makes a fairly obvious neutral to accentuate that quite splendid phenomenon of color.

Coincidentally, this house is fucking gorgeous, lack of wood be damned. There are maybe two houses in this entire thread I'd rather own.
post #3281 of 4539
Looked like sandstone on my phone, it may very well change color etc., but I still find it cold looking.
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Originally Posted by Find Finn View Post

I find it very cold, with all the sandstone and almost no wood or color.



Originally Posted by StephenHero View Post

What fucking house are you looking at?


Why can't you just politely explain that it's travertine instead of sandstone, instead of being offensive and insulting? 


Your architectural knowledge is valued in this thread, but you don't need to be a condescending, patronising prick. Why not be polite and helpful instead of rude?

post #3283 of 4539
Who do you think I am, Sakagawea?
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Since when does saying what the fuck are you looking at make someone a condescending, patronizing prick? Pretty standard phrase around these parts. 


Also, patronizing doesn't mean what you think it means. 

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I didn't find it rude.
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