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When you thought you'd seen everything

Just take a look at this gem.  Be sure to scroll through the pictures using the little arrows.  Then ask yourself:  "is this worth $5,500,000?"  At least you don't have to worry about vacuuming.

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June 13 2008 - US
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And they say californians are wacko....LOL!

 

Sadly its partially true since we been getting  New Yorkers like Nancy Pelosi

moving to the west coast.  Is there a way to send her back to the Hamptons ? 

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WTH?!?!

 

Not even for free!

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June 13 2008

For that price it better cook the food and place it on the table with its built in robot.  That is just wrong on so many levels and textures.

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June 13 2008
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    I have a problem with the toilet on page 12...It's great for #1, good "aiming area"..but for # 2, I don't know..Are Hamptonians,ahem, heavily endowed in the buttocks ???

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June 13 2008

"It has at last – for the first time in human history – become possible to live entirely within a sculpture!"

 

Awesome, okay humans we can tick #1 off the list.

 

Now onto #2, Eternal Life, then onto #3...

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June 13 2008
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Oh my.  I don't think you can even have furniture in that place?  Love the picture that the shoes are in!  Do they come with the house????

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June 13 2008
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Features:  Country Living, Privacy

 

Would that be the privacy you get having everyone in the kitchen being able to watch you sit on the john reading your morning paper?  Or perhaps the country living you'll smell after about 6 months of dust & dirt settling into all those curvey, bumpy, inaccessible corners.

 

Can you imagine having kids and a few pets in this house?  It would be like an amuzement park outting every day.

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I'm tempted to call the agent just so I can ask for an estimate on cost to do a knock-down rehab.  It is 1.1 acres in prime East Hampton NY.  I'd make an offer for land value less cost to demolish and dispose.

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Randy

 

Precious.  My staff are looking at me funny as I pulled up the front page and just started guffawing very loud.  ROFLMAO

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I feel about this house the same way I feel about Hummers and I'm sorry if I offend anyone. 

 

IT NEVER SHOULD HAVE BEEN BUILT.

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Like the undulating floor, Arakawa and Gins, as they are known professionally, tend to throw people off balance.

In 45 years of working together as artists, poets and architects, they have developed an arcane philosophy of life and art, a theory they call reversible destiny. Essentially, they have made it their mission — in treatises, paintings, books and now built projects like this one — to outlaw aging and its consequences.

“It’s immoral that people have to die,” Ms. Gins explained.

 

Ding!  It's all clear as a bell now.  I have very bad news for you two Baby Boomer Artists:  you are going to die.  Building your own version of the Lady Winchester Mansion won't change that fact.  But I thank you, from the very bottom of my Gen X cynically dead heart, for making such a fine contribution on behalf of your generation to mine and those following.  I also appreciate what must be the greatest irony of having built this fount of eternal life only to have to sell it for a mere $5.5mm.  Were only the cost of eternal youth so low for everyone.  Cheers!

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Nah, Hummers were created because some people wanted an alternative to rolling up hundred dollar bills, sticking them in their ears, and giving the finger to all passersby.   The Hummer expressed the same sentiment in less steps, which saved time for the owners.

 

This house one the other hand is jus' plain ol' crazy.

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Hummers were created because of military needs.  Civilian usage was promoted because:

1) there were not origionally available for civilians and

2) they give the occupant the sence of "protection" and maybe even of invincibility.

 

Some people choose them just for their storage capacity and off-road capabilities.

 

But most probably just wanted to impress others with how much money they spend on their cars.

 

But then I would wonder why they didn't buy a Rolls Royce Silver Shadow, or perhaps a Lambargini?

 

Maybe it is because that we know that eventually either the U.S. will be invaded, or that the U.S. will become a "police state"?


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June 14 2008
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We have some houses in the Pasadena area that are almost as crazy.

 

If one was a billionare, one might want to spend that much money just to make a political statement.

 

I don't see any evidence that anyone ever lived in it; the architect must have just done it to get his name promoted for "thinking outside a box".

 

It looks more like a preschool than a home.

 

It is definitely not handicap accessible and would take some time to adapt.

 

Is that "flooring" all some kind of synthetic plastic or foam rubber?  I know an architect that uses a lot of styrofoam for flooring, but he covers it with lightweight concrete, then with carpet, to minimise noise transmission.  Looks like the flooring is an environmental hazard to me and a big waste of space.

 

And from the posts above, I thought the exterior was really going to look like some kind of glass sculpture.  If an artist was going to make a statement, it could have at least looked like some of the buda temples in Japan.

 

And whoever selected the exteror paints looks like they were trying to teach primary colors to a preschooler.

 

But just like with fashion, one must go to the extreme to sell something even a bit outside the norm.  This is obviously just a promotional piece for something else entirely.

 

 

 

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By the way, did you notice that you would have to walk on the kitchen nook bench to sit at the kitchen nook table?  And that much of the kitchen nook bench does not have seat backs?  And that there is not sufficient space for anyone with a waist or hips larger than 40"?  And that the sharp corners on the table would be a safety problem especially for young children?

 

I don't even think those interior views are "photographs"; they look like computer renderings of a "concept".

 

How does one get any food into the kitchen anyway, and where does one store it?  I don't even see a refrigerator in that Kitchen.  I've never seen a house with so little storage space and so much wasted floor space.

 

And can you imagine "slipping" into the kitchen from the slope above?

 

So someone is trying to create an artifical "exterior" space?  Where are all the plants and trees?

 

Though there may be some "modern art" here, there is no "science" nor "engineering" and definitely no "ergonomics".

 

A house like that should be completely about "ergonomics", but someone ignored hiring the correct consultants.

 

 

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June 14 2008
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accidentaly trip into a pot of boiling pasta from above.....all i have to say, lol.

 

this is a joke....crazies!!!

 

maybe the storage is under the floor, it's raised about 4 feet all over the house. you have to get down there and crawl...

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June 14 2008
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The photographer was certainly clear that the kitchen was the center of life.   I think they need a stager.   Home Depot had a sale of intense colors that week as long as one didn't buy more than a gallon at a time.

 

If the house contributes to living a long life, why are those individuals who put such philosophical foresite into the design deciding to sell?

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P.S.  Keep an eye on it and see how much it really sells for (if any of us are still alive at that time)

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June 14 2008

 I am still not sure what to think of the floor.  Were they going for a walk on the moon look?  WTF

 

It seemed like a way cool play set for kids more than anything inhabitable.

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June 14 2008

"Hi - I bought a new house in East Hampton.  It is an architectural piece of art.  I am having a housewarming gala and you are invited - please sign your waiver form and bring your "comfortable" shoes!  Oh, and there won't be cocktail waiter service...."

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June 14 2008
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Is that foam on the floor all around the kitchen area? It looks like you can jump on it. 

 

Lisa

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June 14 2008
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Am having fun reading this thread. Am also thinking if I should move this in Mixed Bag. Hmmmm???

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June 14 2008
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It is a house for sale, no?  Though I understand it may belong in mixed bag...

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June 14 2008

what the christ is that?

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June 14 2008

TOLD YA ALL HUBBY SAID HOMES ARE JUST BOXES! lol  Actually, that 'art' would get an F by any architect. Gotta add circles and arches to break it up. Any freshman knows that.

 

The name of that house I'd say is "Boxes with Color"

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June 15 2008
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Can you imagine the poor contractors????  Oy

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Ugh for ugly. It's certainly not a user friendly home.

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June 15 2008
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Can you imagine cleaning the kitchen floor?  you need to hire midgets to crawl under the table on their hands and knees with their bucket, spunge, terrycloth towel, wisk broom and dust pan...

 

Even then, the cleaning personnel may not be able to get back out, at least without getting hurt.

 

 

For cleaning the main floor, it is not too bad..., you just use a 10 HP shop vacuum with 50 feet of 2½" flex hose with the large brush nossle on a 5' streight section, with shoulder strap to prevent having to bend down to pick it up when you drop it.

 

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June 15 2008
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Having looked a bit into health issues regarding nerves, circulation, mussles, skelital structure, massage, and preasure points, not only could I say for certain that the kitchen seating would be very uncomfortable (including the seat backs), but that rather than getting the benifits of massage from the unusual texture, preasure would be applied in the wrong points for an extended time period making circulation worse, mussle tension worse, and nerves more inflamed.

 

I think we get the idea of what the art student may have been trying to accomplish; but if one wants real results in those areas, I think it would be necessary to hire a more experienced more qualified team.

 

And if one is trying to simulate a rocky enviroment, why bother with the house?  Just live on some rocks.

 

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