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“That is the type of brutalism I can help” says commenter


On this week’s feedback replace, readers are discussing an angular house in Portugal outlined by stacked layers of warping glass and concrete.

Positioned on the highest level of the Portuguese metropolis Leiria, Quinta do Rei was designed by native studio Contaminar to perform like a watchtower and options lengthy spans of home windows that body views of the encompassing panorama.

Commenters likened the dwelling to “a really attention-grabbing parking storage”.

Photo of Quinto do Rei
Contaminar stacks concrete layers to surround twisting Portuguese house

“A sculpture that ought to have stayed a sculpture”

“If the facade had been executed with skinny steel or wooden blades, this may be a triumph,” wrote Mr. Marsden. “However utilizing these big concrete ring beams has rendered it a whole catastrophe. It seems to be like a really attention-grabbing parking storage.”

Kevin B was on the identical web page: “the inside images appear to be a jail. Unsure how this can be a machine for residing. It truly is only a sculpture that ought to have stayed a sculpture.”

For Pa Varreon, Quinta do Rei’s “nightmare” inside is merely a “problem for open-minded shoppers and designers”.

VKTR preferred the design however issued a phrase of warning for the occupant, commenting “there’s a lot I completely love right here – that being mentioned (and that is me being cheeky), it jogs my memory of these concrete brutalist viewpoint constructions that all the time scent like urinals”.

Christopher, in the meantime, thought the undertaking was indicative of “our wildfire-proof future,” whereas Marc Sicard had nothing however reward, saying “that is the type of brutalism I can help. A bit unsettling, however very attention-grabbing, with an odd impact on the notion of dimension. A wonderful work.”

Which camp are you in? Be part of the dialogue ›

Skyscrapers on East River in Brooklyn under construction
Twin porcelain-clad skyscrapers by Selldorf Architects rise on the Brooklyn waterfront

“Deep breaths, individuals”

Additionally splitting opinion within the feedback part this week was a pair of porcelain-clad skyscrapers on the Brooklyn waterfront. Designed by Selldorf Architects on the Domino Sugar Refinery redevelopment web site on New York’s East River, the dual skyscrapers have practically reached their full peak of 168 and 137 metres.

Commenters thought the towers, which would be the studio’s first accomplished residential skyscrapers, a little bit too “beige” for Brooklyn.

“Think about getting a possibility to create structure on this scale, with this funds and on this location, however proposing this,” wrote Davvid. “This undertaking is so painfully banal.”

“Why did they select to complete it with kitchen/rest room cladding?” puzzled Pa Varreon of the iridescent porcelain tile that may clad a lot of the skyscrapers’ facade.

“Absolutely these terrible issues have been designed by AI – no certified human may very well be so unimaginative and insensitive,” posited AlfredHitchcock, to which Joao Batista replied “the place do you assume AI steals its soulless designs from?”

Not all commenters have been fairly so pessimistic.

“Onerous to say from these photos but when the towers are as elegant as [Selldorf Architects’] smaller commissions, we must be simply high quality,” wrote MKE Tom. “Deep breaths, individuals.”

Do you assume Brooklyn may do higher? Be part of the dialogue ›

The Rome Version opens in transformed Forties financial institution constructing

“Superbly lush”

One undertaking commenters may attain a consensus on this week was The Version group’s first outpost in Italy, The Rome Version.

Commenters like JZ thought the resort was suitably “cinematic and complex”.

“I really like these splashes of color: emerald inexperienced curtains within the foyer, Yves Klein blue within the restaurant and that Jade bar, wow!” wrote LNDCNTMPRY. “A easy however elegant design method, completely complementing town of Rome.”

M was equally captivated by the resort’s Jade Bar, questioning “when can I transfer in?”

“Gorgeous re-use of a constructing,” agreed Kevin B, whereas jb hailed it as “superbly lush”.

Apsco Radiales, in the meantime, was dreaming of a Roman vacation. “Despite the recent summer time and irresponsible vacationers, I so badly need to go to Rome once more!”

Is it “do because the Romans do” or do not, for you? Be part of the dialogue ›

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