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[House In Bordeaux, Floriac, France]
  • Hans Welemann
    "If you don't like a space in this Rem Koolhaas house, just wait a minute." (Herbert Muschamp, nyt_98.12.27)

  • dull pink
    "Building a three-story house on top of a hill is not the obvious solution for a client who uses a wheelchair. Then again ..." (Davis C, arch_98.12)

  • firmament
    "The Best House In The World, Ever"
    -- "Here's an irony." (Rowan Moore, blp_98.09)
       
    • chasm
      "His whispered instruction to his architect, possibly redundant given the identity of the latter, was ... that there should be no visual evidence of his disability." (Rowan Moore, blp_98.09)

    • lair
      "It is a compressed theme park, complete with its own rides and sense of danger." (Rowan Moore, blp_98.09)
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[DominusWinery, Napa Valley]
  • bomber
    "'People say our building is like a Stealth bomber that landed in the vineyard,' Mr Herzog said at the opening lunch in Younville ... 'You don't see it until it's too late.'" (Ketcham D, nyt_98.05.21)






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[Prudential Towers, Times Square New York]
  • close
    "An architecture review on Thursday ... referred incorrectly to the status of Mr. Johnson's firm while he recovered from heart surgery two years ago. The firm, Philip Johnson/Alan Ritchie Architects, did not close ... ..." (Correction, nyt_98.03.07)



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*** wsj_98.08.25

 
[Educatorium, Utrecht]
  • dizzying
    "I hesitate to say this, since it reveals my distance from their creators, but most are buildings by and for the young; they are full of ramps, sharply inclined planes, artful stair runs, and eccentric and vertiginous spaces. Their designers and occupants romp briskly through these cheerful obstacle courses while the older and more faint-hearted hold on to anything available." (Huxtable AL, wsj_98.08.25)





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[The Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland OH]
  • street level
    "The proposed building ... has brought Dean Scott Cowen to his knees. He is on the floor, squinting at the edge of a large conference table ...
    There is no model on the table, mind you." (Davis P, wsj_98.08.19)

  • metal cloud
    "Clouds to some, crumpled paper or a wad of duct tape to others ... its roof of dervish-like undulating metal ribbons has stirred a mix of ...
    'When people see a model they couldn't understand how it got there,' says Mr Gehry." (Davis P, wsj_98.08.19)

  • liquid waves
    "Mr Gehry, 69 years old, regards the stainless-steel roof design as a part of continuum from a museum project in Seoul, South Korea ..." (Davis P, wsj_98.08.19)

  • Cleveland joke
    "... but the city that boasts architect I M Pei's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum gave it a mixed reception. Among the many plaudits were some brickbats." (Davis P, wsj_98.08.19)



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[Kiasma, Helsinki]
  • neurological
    "Outside, it looks something like a boxcar colliding with a comet" (Herbert Muschamp, nyt_98.11.08)
     
  • complaint department
    "1. Too much detail. ... But Holl is still relatively young for an architect ... 2. Holl's esthetic fundamentalism. Holl is much attached to the Golden Section ... it begins to seem like a crutch." (Herbert Muschamp, nyt_98.11.08)
     
  • metal pumpkin
    "For Holl, the controversy is less forgettable ... Interestingly, though, substantial changes made to the design after the competition were not prompted by the public debate.

    ... he was asked to reduce the museum's size by 10,000 sf to remain within budget. To do that he literally shrunk the project by some 10 percent. 'It was easy to do,' explains Holl. 'The drawings of the project were all on computer' and were scaled down accordingly." (Stein KD, arec_98.08)





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