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What's your favourite style of suburban domestic architecture?

Post  eddie on Sat Apr 16, 2011 9:20 pm

What remains of the old ATU thread:

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Re: What's your favourite style of suburban domestic architecture?

Post  eddie on Sat May 28, 2011 9:25 am

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I'd best re-post what's left of this thread before the link to the ATU cache expires.
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Mock Tudor houses look fine but I don't think I'd like to live in one:


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Post  eddie on Sat May 28, 2011 9:28 am

Joshua Chamberlain wrote: You can't go wrong with brownstone and bricks.

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Post  eddie on Sat May 28, 2011 9:30 am

Pinhedz wrote: There was a nice property that Mrs. Pinz' family used to own back in Ireland, but since their little disagreement with Cromwell, it's become a bit rundown:


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Re: What's your favourite style of suburban domestic architecture?

Post  eddie on Sat May 28, 2011 9:32 am

Pinhedz wrote: I think my favorite of my residences right now is the Virginia manor house. It's nice to be served mint juleps on the upper balcony while looking out at the little people down below (Svetlana also likes this place):


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Re: What's your favourite style of suburban domestic architecture?

Post  eddie on Sat May 28, 2011 9:36 am

An Edwardian suburban property would suit me nicely:



The Edwardian suburbs did not ape the architecture of Victorian town centres. The new housing was modeled more on traditional country building, using local materials and skills, and simple designs.

With a variety of designs on homes that ranged from small terraces to semis and large detached villas, the Edwardian suburbs were planned to suggest a naturally evolved village.

...or an Edwardian villa, perhaps?



It’s the detached villas that were most influenced by the Arts and Crafts movement.

As reaction against the Victorian preoccupation with industry, pastiche and mass production, the architecture was gentler and more decorative, harking back to a more rural way of life.

Accentuated gables, chimneystacks, buttresses, and inglenook fireplaces appeared, and architects fought against legislation that limited the height of ceilings to a minimum of 8’6”.

And entrance halls became huge, harking back to the mediaeval ‘living halls’ with fireplaces that were probably wildly inefficient, but gave the impression of a great hall in an old manor house.

They have that certain magic about them, a J.M. Barrie/C.S. Lewis kind of magic. Who knows what lurks in the unobtrusive corner or the rarely-used 3rd-floor room?


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Re: What's your favourite style of suburban domestic architecture?

Post  eddie on Sat May 28, 2011 9:38 am

This one's best avoided, though:


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Post  eddie on Sat May 28, 2011 9:41 am

Nash wrote:



I like modernist stuff, so this would do me fine. Light and space are what I want.

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Post  eddie on Sat May 28, 2011 9:44 am

Perhaps it's all the Nelsonian reading recently, but I think I'm developing a taste for Georgian proportions:



Characteristics of Georgian houses

Pillars in the front of the house.

Square symmetrical shape.

A paneled front door in the centre

Tiled hipped roofs (A roof which slopes upward from all the sides of a building.)

The roof was often hidden behind a parapet, or low wall built around the edge of the roof.

Fan light above the door.

Paired chimneys.

Sash windows (windows which slide up and down).

The windows nearer the roof are smaller than the rest.


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Post  eddie on Sat May 28, 2011 9:46 am

This is Cumberland Terrace, Camden Town overlooking Regent's Park. It was designed by architect John Nash for the Prince Regent (later George IV) and named after his younger brother the Duke of Cumberland.

Cumberland Terrace featured in the Doctor Who episode "Invasion" and in the last chapter of John Fowles The Magus (note classical Greek statues).



I've just checked online, and a 2-bedroom flat in Cumberland Terrace will set you back five and a half million pounds.

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Post  eddie on Sat May 28, 2011 9:51 am

It would be a gas to live in one of these, but cottages in Portmeirion, North Wales (where the cult 1960's TV series The Prisoner was filmed) are only available for short-term self-catering stays and the tourists must be a drag:



Here's a view of the central plaza, Portmeirion:


The Village.

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Post  eddie on Sat May 28, 2011 9:54 am

Nash wrote (of Cumberland Terrace- above^): I have always enjoyed looking at this terrace, it has a lovely Wedgewood looking frieze at the top.



You can just about see it in this picture.

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Post  eddie on Sat May 28, 2011 9:56 am

The late theatrical knight Sir Ralph Richardson lived in Cumberland terrace. He used to take his pet parrot for rides on his motor bike around the perimeter of the park.


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Re: What's your favourite style of suburban domestic architecture?

Post  eddie on Sat May 28, 2011 9:59 am

Charlie Watts grew up in a WWII-era Wembley "prefab":



In the United Kingdom the word "Prefab" is often associated with a specific type of prefabricated house built in large numbers after the Second World War as a temporary replacement for housing that had been destroyed by bombs, particularly in London.

Despite the intention that these dwellings would be a strictly temporary measure, many remained inhabited for years and even decades after the end of the war. A small number are still in use in the 21st Century, however, more and more are being demolished. In 2011 the BBC reported that Britains largest existing pre-fab estate, in Lewisham, South-East London, is to be demolished.



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Re: What's your favourite style of suburban domestic architecture?

Post  eddie on Mon Jun 20, 2011 1:37 pm


The Yellow House at Arles (1888). Van Gogh Museum.

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