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post #3286 of 3595

Nor this - I hate travertine. 

 

lefty

post #3287 of 3595
Have to agree, the creamy travertine is absolutely beautiful in the sunny seaside context.

Two things that are confusing me, though:
(1) Why does the balustrade around the roof's edge appear out of nowhere halfway through the set of photos?
(2) What's going on on the ground floor? If it's garage then I'm not keen on that at all.
post #3288 of 3595

My wife interviewed a design team who suggested a travertine DR table. It was a short interview.

 

lefty

post #3289 of 3595
That house is the bee's knees. I don't have a strong feeling about travertine in general. Works for me here.
post #3290 of 3595

I am with FF. For such a beautiful location and stunning views, I find the Cadiz house very cold. The precise geometry of the windows throws me off more than the travertine and reminds me of an office building in a row of buildings at Irvine business park. And, frankly, no idea how big it is but it appears huge for the location, not in a good way. The ground level is confusing me. What does it house. Sleeping quarters?

post #3291 of 3595
I mostly like that house and the material is an excellent choice for that situation.
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post #3293 of 3595

The shaded part ... is that travertine? If so, do not approve.

 

lefty

post #3294 of 3595
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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.

I had a similar reaction - it's like the Fortress of Solitude, only different.
Scale may be part of the problem too, for me. It could be the photography as much as anything, but it gives the sense it's trying way too hard to impress.
post #3295 of 3595
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Originally Posted by EMartNJ View Post
 

For those who don't Google... the bottom floor: http://static.dezeen.com/uploads/2014/07/09-House-of-the-Infinite_dezeen_2_1000.gif

That ground floor is not appealing to me at all. I would not want to configure my bed rooms like prison cells and especially not on a location like that.

 

Thanks for posting the link.

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Originally Posted by SkinnyGoomba View Post

I mostly like that house and the material is an excellent choice for that situation.

What do you mean by "that situation". Ocean front location?

 

Mike

post #3296 of 3595
I don't get the "prison cell" reference. From the pictures and drawings, it looks like the bedroom windows are 5 or 6 feet square. Plenty of light for what is, after all, a place to sleep.

I'd still hit it.
post #3297 of 3595

I don't know, man. Windows on the bottom floor look smaller than 5'. They are so far set back into the wall and all the rooms have the same layout so they likely will not get a lot of light, do not have any significant view or outside area. Why on a location like that? I would feel very claustrophobic in those sleeping quarters and take my mattress upstairs or on the balcony.

 

I find it kind of humorous that most of the shots have human beings in them but they get completely swallowed up by the sheer mass and dominance this house portrays. Just look at that lonely chair on the roof. I am not warming up to it. It looks like a giant square space ship, dressed up like an office building.

 

@StephenHero, what do you think about the house?

 

Mike

post #3298 of 3595
I'm sure this will be met with derision but the problem is the scale mixed with the pure straight line geometry and no contrasting features. Basically the deck/roof top starts to look like a prison yard as there's no relief.
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post #3300 of 3595
Here's an elevation with a "person" standing on the deck for scale:



The bedroom windows look about large enough to walk through. Even if they're only 4' square, that's fine for me. Perhaps it's better to think of them as "sleeping quarters" rather than bedrooms. I'm not trying to persuade you, just explaining why it works for me.
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