Thursday, 5 August 2010
Back in California after another great trip to Utah I spent some time just sight seeing in wine country,watching both the growing vines and emerging new builds. The house pictured above is one I have watched being built over the past year or so. Nestled against the hills of the Napa valley the emerging monstrosity is another example of too much money and little or no taste. Do these people not use architects? do they purposely ignore all universal concepts of symmetry,proportion and balance? As a firm believer in an individuals right to spend their money as they wish I find it a little contradictory to condemn somebody's efforts but houses on this scale in particular impact on the surrounding environment and its inhabitants by the nature of their physical bulk. Just a little past this house is another new build,one of a much more sympathetic nature and artful design (I'll illustrate in another post) so it is not as if the area is solely populated by lovers of these shopping mall style houses...thank goodness.