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The one on the main page is stunning.
 

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That Beverly Hills house is unbelievable.
 

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Is anyone else bothered by houses that look so stately on the outside but have very modern design on the inside (curving walls, lots of glass, all the beverly hills pool and excess shit)?
 

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Love the infinity pool and chairs on the North Canon home.
 

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From the great nation that gave us Frank Lloyd Wright and Philip Johnson, why oh why do so many Americans go for this ostentatious rubbish? It is quite unsophisticated really -- like the owners read too many Richie Rich comics when they were kids.

I have never understood why nouveau riche Americans build obscenely large mansions that look like 200 year old European houses -- its all pastiche with little substance -- almost like living in a stage set. Most of these mansions have little or no importance as far as architecture goes -- they are shameless status symbols for people with very predictable and bourgeois (at best) taste.
 

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I respectfully disagree. Simplicity in design is good, but I believe many people these days do it to make a point. I love classical mansions with all the lavishness as it reconnects with the past in a way that I feel comfortable in. The important element in classical design has always been to foster strength in the foundation for structural longevity. I doubt these modern glass structures are going to stand that long. There's rich and poor and the word "noveau riche" is most often used by people who aren't even half-way there yet. I have never heard that word used by one who has been wealthyy for many generations, and if you're American, then all your wealth is basically new founded anyways as we don't have titular aristocracy class. This corroborates my first point about your financial status.
Originally Posted by hypersonic
From the great nation that gave us Frank Lloyd Wright and Philip Johnson, why oh why do so many Americans go for this ostentatious rubbish? It is quite unsophisticated really -- like the owners read too many Richie Rich comics when they were kids. I have never understood why nouveau riche Americans build obscenely large mansions that look like 200 year old European houses -- its all pastiche with little substance -- almost like living in a stage set. Most of these mansions have little or no importance as far as architecture goes -- they are shameless status symbols for people with very predictable and bourgeois (at best) taste.
 

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Originally Posted by hypersonic
From the great nation that gave us Frank Lloyd Wright and Philip Johnson, why oh why do so many Americans go for this ostentatious rubbish? It is quite unsophisticated really -- like the owners read too many Richie Rich comics when they were kids.

I have never understood why nouveau riche Americans build obscenely large mansions that look like 200 year old European houses -- its all pastiche with little substance -- almost like living in a stage set. Most of these mansions have little or no importance as far as architecture goes -- they are shameless status symbols for people with very predictable and bourgeois (at best) taste.


go away
 

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Originally Posted by mafoofan Jr.
I respectfully disagree. Simplicity in design is good, but I believe many people these days do it to make a point. I love classical mansions with all the lavishness as it reconnects with the past in a way that I feel comfortable in. The important element in classical design has always been to foster strength in the foundation for structural longevity. I doubt these modern glass structures are going to stand that long. There's rich and poor and the word "noveau riche" is most often used by people who aren't even half-way there yet. I have never heard that word used by one who has been wealthyy for many generations, and if you're American, then all your wealth is basically new founded anyways as we don't have titular aristocracy class. This corroborates my first point about your financial status.
Firstly, no, I am not American ...secondly, the term nouveau riche is often used to describe newly wealthy individuals -- it was not intended to be an insulting term. Thirdly, my financial status has little to do with my opinions ...but I am amused by your assumptions.

The point I was making in my previous post is we live in the 21st century ....so why do people, with the means to build truly important architecture of our time, insist on building monuments to their egos that will forever be shallow imitations of different places and times.
 

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Originally Posted by suited
go away
Why?

I don't understand the hostility I have caused. I can assure you I am not alone in my opinions -- there are a lot of respected architects who would whole-heartedly agree with me.
 

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Originally Posted by hypersonic
Why?

I don't understand the hostility I have caused. I can assure you I am not alone in my opinions -- there are a lot of respected architects who would whole-heartedly agree with me.


I agree with your dislike of the design of many more recent American homes. All those roof peaks seem horrendously wasteful and thoughtless.
 

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^ Oh thanks ...Ha ha, I was starting to feel like a big jerk for saying what I think.

I apologize to the others if my comments came across as snobbish and too critical ...they weren't meant to be.



I am passionate about good architecture. Sure, these big houses are very impressive and important-looking ...but that is about all. They have about as much authenticity as the Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom. I do appreciate that they are very well executed ...but basically, these are new buildings with all the contemporary construction methods hidden behind a 'Martha-Stuart facade'.

I am not anti-American either ...these kinds super-size McMansions are springing up everywhere now.

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