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DSR house in Hamptons

"I wonder if it will age well" asks commenter

In this week's comments update, readers are discussing a house in the Hamptons by Diller Scofidio + Renfro with a sloping fibreglass roof and a glass facade.

The home, which was recently photographed by Iwan Baan, was completed in 2017 for Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit founder Julie Taubman and her husband, Robert Taubman.

Blue Dream House Hamptons from above
Photos show Diller Scofidio + Renfro's "surreal and magical" Blue Dream house in the Hamptons

"A truly stunning creation"

Commenters were overwhelmed by the scale and design of the project.

"The house is a truly stunning creation," wrote Stace A. "But it's also the kind of thing that doesn't welcome use and merely touching anything threatens its pristine-ness".

Walter Astor also had concerns about the longevity of the design. "I wonder if it will age well? Often these 'sculptural' houses do not stand the test of time."

Grinch liked the design but issued a word of warning, writing "fantastic design, but every project like this is emblematic of the fact that the world is going to hell in a handcart".

"Let's save this sort of wonderful exuberance for public projects that we can all enjoy, not just a few over-privileged people," they added.

Fdvz found the project to be an "over-the-top design with zero consideration for the environment".

Aigoual was damning in their assessment: "as if this extravagant, pompous, narcissistic, multimillion-dollar design is in harmony with its surroundings! This is just another example of what Eastern Long Island has become: a showcase haven for the one per cent who don't know what to do with their $$$."

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Perelman Center Manhattan
Rex clads "mystery box" World Trade Center performing arts centre in translucent marble

"Long time coming and happy to see it finally arrive"

Commenters were more positive about a translucent-marble-clad box at New York's World Trade Center site. Located alongside One World Trade Center in downtown Manhattan, the Perelman Performing Arts Center by architecture studio Rex comprises a cubic structure with thin marble cladding.

Alex Kustow said they were "so excited by this and impressed with the wonderful result of such an exceptional series of challenges. I live in New York and can't wait to visit."

DWG was in the same boat saying: "I love the look of this. The entrance looks stunning!"

"I work around there in the daytime," commented Cordcutter. "It looks bland, but I've been leaving work around dusk and at nighttime it looks beautiful. Long time coming and happy to see it finally arrive."

Several readers celebrated the studio's choice of materials. "I was doubtful when I saw the renderings and glad I was wrong," wrote Kem Roolhaas. "Happy to finally see a building with marble backlit like that on the facade."

One of the few commenters unconvinced was JB, who wrote "surely respect for the memorial could have been achieved without creating a mausoleum? This is a joyless and indeed mournful edifice totally at odds with its contents."

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The Line Saudi Arabia
"Why would architects let themselves be so vitiated?"

"People are going to die because someone wants to build an indoor mall in the desert"

Also on commenters' radars this week was an opinion piece by Dana Cuff in response to the recent documentary about The Line mega-project in Saudi Arabia.

Commenter's responded to Cuff's assessment that the documentary might be "architecture's kiss of death".

Kasimir reckoned that "Neom will make it into the history books as the death of 20th-century architecture," but they argued that "it doesn't mean architecture is dying, but architecture is transforming into something new".

Other readers echoed Cuff's concerns: "the women's voices are heard for just under two and a half minutes of the entire video," posited Tiger Lou. "This suggests the type of society one should expect from such a megalomaniacal project!"

On the other side of the debate Rob Rohena wrote "believe it or not, architects have very little leverage in their clients' ethics".

Zea Newland tried to put things back into perspective, writing "people are going to die because someone wants to build an indoor mall in the desert at all costs".

"Having a backbone used to be considered a strength. Now, it's seen as weak and annoying. Why?" they asked.

What do you make of Dana Cuff's argument? Join the discussion ›

Comments update

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