The Architecture Thread

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Connemara, Jan 31, 2009.

  1. jkw

    jkw Senior member

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    ^^^Wow

    The second house is only £5.5! I was arguing with my father the other day about these, but even though you could buy some huge country places for the price of a 4 bedroom/4500sq.ft place here, the upkeep would be insane.

    Of course you couldn't live in it without help. Just to maintain it, you'd need a cleaners and a gardener on a fairly regular basis. Repairs would be crippling. Heating too, plus it could get damp...

    These places are being snapped up by the nouveau riche. All the old set can't afford to run them. Some lord from parliament sold so as not to burden the kids. "On a good year upkeep is £500,000. On a bad one, up to a million" [​IMG]


    Didn't even need to see the pictures. The concept itself is vomit inducing.

    Revival... [​IMG] Then of course, there really aren't that many old houses in the states are there? Even your oldest are newish by European standards. I prefer the older townhouses here as well as the even older country ones. I just don't see the point in fake old new builds. Modern houses are something else, but why bother with X "style" [​IMG] not in good taste IMO
     


  2. crazyquik

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    The interior of this recently-built Greek Revival in the Hudson Valley will make Matt vomit. [​IMG]

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    This house was on This Old House one day. But it's not old. It is like a oneupmanship in fakery. The 'theme' of the house is that 'originally, let's say a family lived here, and they built a small house. That's the far left wing. Then as they prospered, they built the big center section and turned the left wing into a kitchen. Blah blah blah.' Like all the houses on This Old House, it was ridiculously expensive for what it is.

    I think the worst thing about it is the front door isn't placed in the center. I do like the big flat front lawn though.

    At least the cinder block and unpainted sheetrock house in Idaho is unique and was probably reasonable to build. On Dwell (on Fine Living) they showed a home in Napa which was basically constructed like an industrial building (flat concerete floor, metal building like a commercial garage). Then, the homeowners had most of the interior walls built with casters under them, so they could rearrange the walls like most people rearrange furniture.

    I just want a porte cochere.
     


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    Great house. Why did she fuck it up with all of that garbage furniture.

    +2. After building it, she probably had to wait for Ikea to have a clearance sale to fill that house up. But I do like that long table.
     


  4. Chouse

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    and a bit closer to home... (5 mins) looks pretty interesting, but too small for so many floors. I don't think i could deal with this subterranean stuff...
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    http://www.primelocation.com/uk-prop...CLWE_HOL090002



    Wow... this is an interesting concept.
     


  5. George

    George Senior member

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    The gothic villa Strawberry Hill in London. Built by Horace Walpole the son of Robert Walpole Britain's first Prime Minister, completed in 1776. Pre dated the Victorian gothic revival by several years.
     


  6. Parker

    Parker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Some faves. and usual suspects:

    Craig Ellwood / Hunt House
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    Neutra / Kauffman House
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    Neutra / Ohara House
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    Spain has got some great new architecture
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  7. LabelKing

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    [​IMG]

    The gothic villa Strawberry Hill in London. Built by Horace Walpole the son of Robert Walpole Britain's first Prime Minister, completed in 1776. Pre dated the Victorian gothic revival by several years.


    Is there nice brick under all that horrid rendering?
     


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    The small Italian city of Gibellina was destroyed in an earthquake in 1968. A new city was built nearby called Gibellina Nuova-- surreal looking and vaguely decrepit. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] Oscar Niemeyer's unfinished International Fairground in Tripoli, Lebanon. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     


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    spertia Senior member

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    My wife and I spent our honeymoon in one of these houses:

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  11. denning

    denning Senior member

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    Where is that Spertia?
     


  12. Nicholas

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    Florida?
     


  13. spertia

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    That is the island of Anguilla (British West Indies) in the Caribbean.
     


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