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Red House

"Paint out that green" says commenter

In this week's comments update, readers are debating David Kohn's Red House in Dorset, which celebrates English eccentricities.

David Kohn Architects completed a two-storey house for a couple and their young daughter in southwest England with exaggerated features that include oversized eaves, patterned brickwork and vibrant green details.

The latter sparked strong reactions with Tony365 acknowledging "the green, of course, won't be for everyone". Hosta would "paint out that green if I lived there" and Sim found the colour "shocking", while B thought it "complements the brick well".

Others wanted to discuss the design of the project. Danny De Jayeff thought it's "a wonderful and playful (without being overly-whimsical) reinterpretation".

Orlando1a1 felt that "in attempting to reference the Arts and Crafts style, it achieves a self-conscious eccentricity" and AlfredHitchcock thought it seemed to be "aiming for Voysey, but widely missing the mark"

"A bit po-Pomo", Stephen Belcher added.

What do you think of this red brick house with green windows? Join the discussion ›

Aedas unveils "most twisted tower in the world" in Chongqing

"A lot of twist, but I like it"

Reader's were enjoying the recently unveiled Dance of Light office skyscraper in Chongqing, China, designed by architecture studio Aedas. The 180-metre-tall tower has two double-curved facades that create the impression that the building is being twisted.

"Very graciously executed," commented Rd – but Frankigio thinks that while "logically it might make sense, aesthetically it's a kind of a nightmare."

That's one sexy twist, said Nivora, while Z-dog was also a fan: "it's a lot of twist but I like it – a bit more restrained than some of the other twisted towers."

Apsco Radiales wanted to know "what happens to the winds that blow around this building? Have they done a wind study?"

Do you like the twist? Join the discussion ›

Bill Gates and Samsung develop toilet that combusts waste "into ashes"

"Gives new meaning to 'ashes to ashes'"

Billionaire Bill Gates partnered with electronics company Samsung to create a prototype waterless toilet for household use that turns solid waste into ashes, developed as part of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Reinvent the Toilet Challenge.

Don Bronkema thought it had "vast potential", while Dario wanted to know "what kind of fuel will it use?"

Pa Varreon was wondering if "they are computerised and, if so, under what OS? Windows or Android? And what treatment for the 'vapors'?"

The toilet had FlexFoto contemplating bigger questions of mortality; "Gives new meaning to 'ashes to ashes'".

Are waterless combustion toilets the future? Join the discussion ›

Estudio Atemporal tops Mexican holiday home with oversized gabled roof

"I wonder if that's what they were going for"

An oversized gabled roof sits atop this Mexican countryside home by local architecture studio Estudio Atemporal, creating a covered space that extends the living room outside.

Rogelio Rodriguez was a fan: "I like the roof". Abu Bin Balaclava agreed "Looks like a good size to me".

But Apsco Radiales thought it is "out of scale with the rest of the dwelling and simply too large and overbearing over the lower structure".

Eta Carinae countered: "I think it looks quite beautiful and really appreciate the stark contrast between the open lower plan and the almost entirely closed upper part. I wonder if that's what they were going for."

Roof too big, or not big enough? Join the discussion ›

Comments update

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