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Monday, December 17, 2012

What Architecture Looks Like

Posted by on Mon, Dec 17, 2012 at 8:56 AM

For those in North Seattle who have never seen anything like it, this is architecture...

There are other examples of architecture in Columbia City.


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Catalina Vel-DuRay 1
I wrote the service connections for those houses when they were built. They're beautiful, inside and out.

I don't think they are unique to the south end, however. I used to handle the new service connections in Ballard/Green Lake/Crown Hill. Lots of houses of similar design up there.
Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay on December 17, 2012 at 9:17 AM · Report this
Beautiful. That's the kind of place I could really call home.
Posted by Prettybetsy on December 17, 2012 at 9:26 AM · Report this
I've never been a fan of houses that sit lower than the roadway, but I quite like the marina-style walkways they used to connect everything. I'm glad they didn't go for a true butterfly roof - 60 years in, they finally realized rainwater traveling to the middle of the house, rather than the sides, is a bad idea.
Posted by Subdued Excitement on December 17, 2012 at 9:32 AM · Report this
yes, that's architecture; poor architecture. an abandonment of architecture, you could say, as it abandons the concept of beauty, and embraces the concept of the fishery cannery shed or a faux "industrial" look. blank unadorned walls, abjuration of symmetry, random roof slopes, no defined entrance, zero elegance; it's neo "warehouse." in millenia while this "bare rectangles with no adornment" form was available to all, not many humans chose it; generations will look back and say "wow. that sure is an ugly and inhuman way to build."

it embodies the faux "authenticity" and rusticness of classic bourgeious bohemian class based style. if you want better modern architecture go look at downtown vancouver BC, the desire to live in what looks like a 100 year old rotting or rusting pacific northwest warehouse or canery shed is just a fad. in the end, the sorrento hotel and craftsman and traditional colonial styles plus anhalt and tudors will win out. this post modern stuff, the neo industrial thing, is the most silly fad, it's classic "nonconformist conformity"
Posted by neo fish cannery yuck on December 17, 2012 at 9:34 AM · Report this
i don't get it?
Posted by solstarz on December 17, 2012 at 9:38 AM · Report this
Catalina Vel-DuRay 6
They may be lower than the street, but they have sweeping views of Lake Washington.
Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay on December 17, 2012 at 9:42 AM · Report this
camlux 7
I realize your bus ride must be boring at times, Charles. Why not throw a good book into your pack?
Posted by camlux on December 17, 2012 at 9:45 AM · Report this
See, North Seattle is actually deep in the provinces while South Seattle is the TRUE new urbanity and if you don't live there you might as well live in Monroe.

No one others like a Marxist.
Posted by dirge on December 17, 2012 at 9:59 AM · Report this

Reminds me of the 1964 US Pavillion from the World's Fair in NYC:…
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe on December 17, 2012 at 9:59 AM · Report this
Apparently Charles likes his new, monied white neighbors.
Posted by Ian Smith on December 17, 2012 at 10:02 AM · Report this
But do they have kitchens?
Posted by digitalwitch on December 17, 2012 at 10:04 AM · Report this
more like sweeping views of Genesee Park, Newcastle, and some of the Cascades. Trees block all but a sliver view of the lake.
Posted by nador on December 17, 2012 at 10:17 AM · Report this
snacktruck 13
Why criticize the northend neighborhood of Freelarding Greenanne?
Posted by snacktruck on December 17, 2012 at 10:19 AM · Report this
wisepunk 14
@4 That is like saying you like big asses, therefore Anne Hathaway is ugly.
Posted by wisepunk on December 17, 2012 at 10:23 AM · Report this
As a resident of north Seattle who just finished screwing my cousin on OxyContin in my tarpaper shack me and my 16 menthol cigarette smoking kids thank you!
Posted by Headlikeahole on December 17, 2012 at 10:24 AM · Report this
Arkee-what now? We don't need none o' yer book-learnin' up north of the ship canal.
Posted by pox on December 17, 2012 at 11:00 AM · Report this
MrBaker 17
Charles, stay the fuck out of north Seattle.
Posted by MrBaker on December 17, 2012 at 11:02 AM · Report this
Banna 18
I appreciate architecture, but am not a fan of the Distressed Slum Corrugated Metal look.
Posted by Banna on December 17, 2012 at 11:09 AM · Report this
fletc3her 19
So Dwell = "architecture"?
Posted by fletc3her on December 17, 2012 at 11:17 AM · Report this
Will in Seattle 20
the best part of building underground in areas subject to sudden massive mud flows and river overflows is the fun of mucking out the lower levels.

Buy an industrial wet/dry vac, you'll be glad you did.
Posted by Will in Seattle on December 17, 2012 at 11:20 AM · Report this
Charles Mudede 21
I do detect a whiff of hate @19...
Posted by Charles Mudede on December 17, 2012 at 11:53 AM · Report this
Will in Seattle 22
@14 even I can't understand that analogy.
Posted by Will in Seattle on December 17, 2012 at 3:09 PM · Report this
These look like cardboard huts. A double wide trailer would look better. Or was the inspiration for these things from the shabby chic style of crack houses?
Posted by Juan Alfredo on December 17, 2012 at 9:15 PM · Report this
seandr 24
Wow, Charles, you and I finally agree on a building.
Posted by seandr on December 17, 2012 at 10:34 PM · Report this
seandr 25
@15: Ugh, that is so stereotypically northend! Frankly, I think it's time we removed the ship canal bridges.
Posted by seandr on December 17, 2012 at 10:38 PM · Report this
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