Tuesday, June 1, 2010

New England goes Scandinavian

While the pre-fabricated New England-style of living sometimes seen in this part of the world seemsquite despicable, I feel a certain ambiguety towards these tract houses. They are, after all, not to different from the scandinavian wooden cottages of the 60's and 70's, with their their wooden construction, lack of ornamentaion, and ´fresh´ floor plans. Re-designing them should not be too dificult, as proved below.

According to the article in dwell, the characteristic split-levels of these houses are becoming increasingly passé - and often removed, so a decision was made to preserve - “because the split-level is an original type that represents a significant time in the history of North American housing, the postwar building boom.” 

A further nod to scandinavian architecure can be seen in the black-stained wood, danish furniture and light interiors.

Great concrete floors as well.

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