Thursday, June 14, 2012

The ugly side of "modern"

This kind of house seems to be popping up everywhere.

Soulless, ugly, drab, and cheap. I am all for modern. ALL. FOR. IT. But this just looks bad. Bad design is not modern.

13 comments:

tomt said...

In what sense cheap? I think that this is a 1% place.

Decorno said...

Cheap like... poverty of ideas or design. I am sure you're right... in Seattle, this home would sell for $450k - $650 depending on neighborhood (more in a better neighborhood), so the family buying this would need a solid Seattle salary, likely two incomes. (So... maybe a home of the 10% or 5%. But not the 1%.)

Do you like it or no?

tomt said...

No, it looks like two diverse places bound together by a deed. I dont think that i would feel comfortable in either.

There is a place in my neighborhood that looks somewhat like the left place, except way more committed and way more standoutish, in the whole town.. I like it. The right place, well no amount of cedar will fix it, not even ipe.

Maybe I'm too literal. I take cheap to mean taking shortcuts. Now that I think about it, maybe you're right.

Quatorze said...

No matter what it costs, it looks like a hastily built house one might see on the Arab-Isreali border, belched up to lay claim to the land but with no redeeming architectural value. It IS cheap; flimsy stock windows, poorly cut siding, rotten stucco that will crack after a few years and a design that is less than an afterthought.

But other than that Mrs. Lincoln, how did you like the play?

Decorno said...

Hahaha!

cynthia said...

i can't see up close enough to determine it it is cheaply built, but from the small image, i like it! it looks scandinavian. simple, clean lines. beats mcmansions.

Gabriella said...

This is Mental Hospital Modern! While the intention may be to use indigenous materials, unfussy shapes and forms, still think of the snow load that flat roof must bear, if this house is situated in snowy climates, or think further of how difficult it might be to retain waterproof integrity of such a flat roof in a rainy one. Modern does not mean one-size-fits-all, cookie cutter limitations; rather it might be more fitting to design houses to serve in particular climate and material zones. Now that would be 'modern', no?

Anonymous said...

Modern lately means cheapest way to get away with it.

mamacita said...

I don't hate it, but I can't quite tell what's going on with the siting. Is it built all the way out to the property lines? Is that another residence it's towering over? Where's the road, anyway? To me, all of that matters more than the shape of the house itself.

Anonymous said...

Can you post a modern home that you like? When I think of modern, this is what I think of. I'd like to see a modern home with more soul, and I trust your judgment.

mementomori11 said...

oh boy, i love "mental hospital modern". that being said, i think it's a matter of a house saying "I'M MODERN!!!" or, "dammit, look'it me, i'm modern!"

you can hear it. just listen.

then hightail it to the truly modern place. it's says "welcome home. cocktail?"

MoreSkinnyDays said...

One reason that it looks cheap is that there is not one bit of plant life in site. It would be nice if people had enough vision or taste to think about that.

This reminds me of a modern version of the crappy Mediterranean houses that popped up all over SoCal a few years ago with horrible WhiVi (cheap white vinyl double hung Milgard) windows, rough terra cotta stucco, and stock design wrought iron. They dared to call these crab boxes "custom" and charged a million dollars for them.

For the record these same windows look perfectly nice on the sides of cape code style homes provided they're placed correctly.

Steve Barley said...

There's something wrong with the house's design. I think there are several concepts brought together and unfortunately, they never got along so well. So the result is this. But I'm sure they'll come up with a remedy when they find out that the design is kinda bad.