Small House OS House A modern home in an urban neighborhood of Racine, Wisconsin. Designed by Johnsen Schmaling Architects. Learn more here. johnsen schmaling architectsos house by Steven Previous Post Next Post
I’m at a loss to understand what people find attractive about this kind of design and style. After the Edwardian Era, all of the design schools (RISD, Pratt, etc.,) all started pushing this kind of design. As far as I can tell, it is labor unintensive with whopping profits for the builders and furnishing suppliers and so there was an omni-effort to sell the public on it. Maybe this stuff flies in Sweden, but I’ll never think it’s anything but cold.
Cold? You say this piece of art is cold? What describes warm to you? Curious, often people misuse certain words when they are felt versus understood in definition.
I am a sucker for this type of structure. If it were up to me, my house would be nothing more than concrete, stainless steel, and minimal things in it as I am a minimalist at heart. This type of home also works well with containers. Maybe you have not seen the container city in outside of London? It is everything exciting and clearly no one there thinks of them as cold.
gee wonder how much this place costs to heat in the winter time. hahaha
I’m somewhere between the first 2 comments,and very flexible.I enjoy the yin-yang of architecture and interior design,and the eclectic mix of well chosen appointments to a space.Only cold people have cold houses,it’s the personal touches,the family treasures and momentos,the interests and activities collected and shared,the care given that warms from inside.I even like the almost surreal contrast to its neighbors on the block,imagine a tract development where instead every house was uniquely different and from another architect,each with enough grounds to stand on its own and yet be part of a highly creative whole.Opinions and tastes,even ART and fine ARCHITECTURE like anything else change and are best when savored over time.Thanks again Swoon!…Now where are my smelling salts?
I absolutely LOVE this style of house. I’ve lived in many styles and my tastes have evolved over time. I don’t find it cold at all. I find it clean, uncluttered and stress-free. While it’s not for everyone, there’s a reason there are different styles out there. Not everyone likes or wants the same things. Not your style? Simply move onto what is.
I have no issue with the design, but living in a city that is currently undergoing a “renaissance” I see this type structure being built ad nauseam. It can become rather unimaginative when you’re surrounded by sameness. What makes me scratch my head is the complete disregard about the surroundings – the other houses, their aesthetic and the neighbourhood’s history. This looks like a one finger salute to every body else who lives on the street. I get it, different is good, but a nod to history or the architecture on the street wouldn’t have killed them.