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  • I heard it’s being built for Flat Stanley… he’s apparently tired of traveling the world looking for a place to live and Ust turns out to be the most fun.

  • is that a real building???????

  • i like how the 2nd and 3rd “floors” are held on with splints.

  • is all new construction these days built with particle board? I’m glad I bought an old house. This looks like it ould blow over in a stong wind.

    • ah

      It’s OSB and generally considered as strong as plywood, and has some advantages. Were you looking for 1×4 underlayment construction?

      • The house could end up with a brick facade and look just like the one next to it, for all we know at this point. It’s just sheathing same as any other modern house.

    • I was reading an architecture book at Kramerbooks last week and they made the point that one of the main difference between historic and modern architecture is whether the exterior walls support the building (traditional) or whether a central frame supports the house (modern) and the exterior walls are basically just bolted on.

      It explains why large older buildings have huge thick outer walls –basically they support all the interior construction. A skyscraper is a modern building where a central skeleton supports the building, and the exterior walls support very little except themselves.

  • if it was in any other part of the city, i’d say it’s an abomination, but that little area up there has become a home for bizzare architecture, so i say fine, why not.

    • I have to agree. But, it’s still an abomination; it’s damned ugly.

      • Why is it an abomination? I personally don’t understand how you can judge it at this point as they could go so many different ways with the exterior – from typical rowhome facade to something more contemporary. Is it because it is taller than the rowhome next to it? I can see someone having a “blah” reaction, but I’m finding a hard time understanding “abomination”.

        I like that it is at least set back from the road a good deal, meaning there is potential for some nice landscaping.

        • Thanks, fl. I agree. I wish people stopped bashing anything that isn’t Victorian or Federal in this town. Let’s hold off on judging this building until it’s actually complete. As a resident who lives on that block, I am inclined to say that it will make a good addition to the area. These pictures don’t really do the structure justice. In reality it actually looks like a balanced addition to the Lacey. Moreover, it’ll bring some more foot traffic to the area and that’s a good thing.

          • Prince Of Petworth

            I agree proper judging can’t begin until the project is completed but as for the pictures not doing it justice, I have to disagree with you. At the moment, this is exactly how it looks.

          • I think what 11th St Resident might have meant is that the pictures don’t capture what it looks like in the context of the surrounding buildings. The building might look like that but sometimes the perception of it is different when you are actually standing in front of it.

            I feel this way about the Lacey building. I see pictures and I think it looks terrible, but when I see it in person I actually think it looks awesome.

      • What exactly is ugly? I mean which building or buildings are you talking about?

  • A home for clown shoes? Lets see how it turns out.

  • The windows look strangely small, but I agree it is too soon to judge. But I disagree with the critics of that block. I love the Lacey, and I love the house on W and 11th. Also like the nearly-all-glass condo building along that stretch. All attractive, interesting contemporary architecture. And because there are so many buildings of that ilk in close proximity to one another, the neighborhood has a nice, unified feel. In general, I’d rather something contemporary than a half-assed approximation of surrounding buildings in a historic zone. It is very, very hard (and expensive) to get materials to match / blend in with historic buildings. Sometimes a little contrast works better.

    • that the thing, though. very good copies of surrounding buildings could be done. they aren’t because that would be very expensive these days, and generally, that isn’t valued in new construction. even with that, it’s clear that there is a premium for a beautiful victorian home. why do you think that so many places in georgetown, dupont, logan, capitol hill, columbia heights, shaw, and kalorama sell for so much?

  • I walked by this morning on the way to work and noticed that there appears to be a (well-deserved) stop-work order posted on this monstrosity. You can see it (the orange piece of paper in the window) in the pictures above.

    • Why well-deserved? Do you say that because you don’t like the design or is there a legit reason for it? (Not trying to be snarky, just really don’t know what situations a stop-work order would come up in)

    • I saw that and wonder what it was for.

  • i think that the very narrow nature of the building makes it look a bit strange. I guess we will have to see and wait what kind of facade they put and how it looks. I just biked by it today and have to say that it looks as strange in the picture as it looks in real life.

  • Dizzy all the way!

  • where are the 1st and 2nd floor windows?

  • I road my bike by this new monstrosity the other day. I don’t think it’s too early to judge at all. The proportions of this building are absurd. Regardless of whether it gets a brick facade or not, its awkward arrangement of doors and windows and setback make it incongruous with its companions on the block. From the looks of it, I’d say it’s by the same “architect” of this gem: http://www.princeofpetworth.com/2010/01/worst-pop-up-of-all-time/

    I have no problem with well-designed modern architecture. But frequently the term “modern” is slapped on unadorned, cheap construction in order to make a building seem acceptable. Sure, infill is great and needed in the neighborhood, but this is trash architecture (and probably built by some nonresident speculator) and we shouldn’t be afraid to call it out as such.

  • I think they’ll only be able to use twin beds or murphy beds or some kind of foldup prison-bed in that house. I mean, it looks like its only about 8ft wide at the most. It’ll be like living in a metro car.

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