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(Mirror.co.uk)   What better way to show your love for the man in your life who loves modern architecture than to buy him a heart-shaped Island that has two homes designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Subby wonders why his wife didn't think of this   (mirror.co.uk) divider line 40
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2013-11-25 12:14:44 AM
I can't even begin to hate on that because it is so amazing and awesome.  A place like that is a dream!
 
2013-11-25 01:37:03 AM
He's 50?!
 
2013-11-25 01:47:21 AM
For those interested in the architecture, here is a photo tour.
 
2013-11-25 03:26:13 AM
Am I the only one on an iPhone who knows the origin of a headline is from a UK tabloid before clicking?
 
2013-11-25 04:25:41 AM
FTA: "Angelina, 38, was excited after discovering its two homes were designed by his favourite architect Frank Lloyd Wright"

Pitt doesn't seem to be the brightest bulb on the tree. Wright is probably the only architect he can name.
 
2013-11-25 04:30:40 AM
The bathroom and second kitchen look downright claustrophobic.
 
2013-11-25 04:41:06 AM
Nice to see that according to the Daily Fail, Lake Mahopac is "off the US coast 50 miles North of New York City".

That's about all I can say to hide my complete and utter envy.
 
2013-11-25 04:41:25 AM
I wouldn't want a home designed by Wright.  He would sacrifice usefulness to make it artsy-fartsy.  So you end up with a pretty home that you don't want to live in.
 
2013-11-25 04:47:53 AM

OgreMagi: I wouldn't want a home designed by Wright.  He would sacrifice usefulness to make it artsy-fartsy.  So you end up with a pretty home that you don't want to live in.


That was my impression looking at the photos in the link posted above.

There isn't much that conveys "home" in those pictures.
 
2013-11-25 04:53:33 AM
I'm having a hard time finding a coast 50 miles north of NYC.
 
2013-11-25 05:20:53 AM

August11: Am I the only one on an iPhone who knows the origin of a headline is from a UK tabloid before clicking?


I generally find the Mirror tag to be a big hint.
 
2013-11-25 05:23:33 AM

OgreMagi: I wouldn't want a home designed by Wright.  He would sacrifice usefulness to make it artsy-fartsy.  So you end up with a pretty home that you don't want to live in.


This. My first thought reading the headline: "I wonder how many livable homes are on the island?"
 
2013-11-25 05:58:03 AM
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I love the use of the natural rock. That shower looks pretty awesome. Really the whole place looks incredible. I'm guessing that the forested island itself is absolutely amazing.
 
2013-11-25 06:40:50 AM
FTFA: Brad and Angelina's children Maddox, 12, Pax, nine, ...

My first reaction on reading that was "12? nine? Stupid celebrity child names!".

I need more coffee.
 
2013-11-25 07:16:17 AM

DrPainMD: FTA: "Angelina, 38, was excited after discovering its two homes were designed by his favourite architect Frank Lloyd Wright"

Pitt doesn't seem to be the brightest bulb on the tree. Wright is probably the only architect he can name.


FTA: 'Architect fanatic Brad...: "When I discovered Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Frank Lloyd Wright, it changed my life."


AverageAmericanGuy: OgreMagi: I wouldn't want a home designed by Wright.  He would sacrifice usefulness to make it artsy-fartsy.  So you end up with a pretty home that you don't want to live in.

That was my impression looking at the photos in the link posted above.

There isn't much that conveys "home" in those pictures.



I'd want to live in that house if it were in a more appealing part of the world.
 
2013-11-25 07:36:34 AM
I prefer postmodern architecture. It's really just sitting around forlornly on a pile of 2x4s.
 
2013-11-25 08:05:37 AM
Anyone else notice the water damage on the ceiling of the kitchen?

That's all fresh paint in those pics, I'm betting it was black underneath.

...some parts don't look very child-safe... This is going to be awesome.

Beautiful home, just wish they'd stop building flat roofs on the east coast.
 
2013-11-25 08:33:41 AM

Skunkwolf: Anyone else notice the water damage on the ceiling of the kitchen?

That's all fresh paint in those pics, I'm betting it was black underneath.

...some parts don't look very child-safe... This is going to be awesome.

Beautiful home, just wish they'd stop building flat roofs on the east coast.


My father grew up at just the right time to be enthralled by the last iteration of the Chicago school.  He's very much a modernist architect; you see a lot of Chicago/prairie stylistic elements in his schools and hospitals.  I've inherited that love, too, and part of me would love to live in a place like this or Falling Water, BUT...

We've come to realize Wright's homes are absolutely horrible to live in.  There were some potentially deep flaws in the long-term survivability of his structures (see Falling Water or that one house in Racine), and the furniture he designed for his houses was ergonomically atrocious.  They're amazing houses to visit, but if you notice the house he lived in the longest (Taliesen East) was given directly to his Foundation after his death, and they've been fighting a 50+ year battle against deterioration.  It's been on watch lists for both NPS and the National Trust since the late 80s/early 90s.

/And of course there's the famous and (surprisingly not apocryphal) story of Hibbard Johnson angrily ringing up Wright in the middle of dinner complaining that his roof was leaking directly above his dining room chair, to which Wright replied "Well, Hib, why don't you move your chair?"
 
2013-11-25 09:02:41 AM

No Catchy Nickname: Nice to see that according to the Daily Fail, Lake Mahopac is "off the US coast 50 miles North of New York City".

That's about all I can say to hide my complete and utter envy.


It IS off the coast - it's inland from it. :-)

/count me among the jealous
//good to know it went to a fan of architecture though
 
2013-11-25 09:07:02 AM

Skunkwolf: Anyone else notice the water damage on the ceiling of the kitchen?

That's all fresh paint in those pics, I'm betting it was black underneath.

...some parts don't look very child-safe... This is going to be awesome.

Beautiful home, just wish they'd stop building flat roofs on the east coast.


The house is only 10 years old.

God I wish I could have convince my arky buddy not to do a flat roof on the house he is about to break ground on.
 
2013-11-25 09:21:42 AM
There is an island in the bay near me for sale. Last I checked it was going for 20 million and it comes with goats!
 
2013-11-25 09:29:31 AM

JohnnyC:
I love the use of the natural rock. That shower looks pretty awesome. Really the whole place looks incredible. I'm guessing that the forested island itself is absolutely amazing.


I like the rocks, but I don't generally like Frank Lloyd Wright. But I'm the kind of person who would have trees growing out of the ceiling if I could, so.......but think about how much fun their kids will have playing on them.

I won't say anything about "So how many houses IS this, Angelina?" or "So how many houses do you guys need, Angelina, besides that castle you have in L.A?"
 
2013-11-25 09:57:11 AM

groppet: There is an island in the bay near me for sale. Last I checked it was going for 20 million and it comes with goats!


How much without the goats?

/checks wallet
 
2013-11-25 09:57:51 AM
Subby's wife did think of it, but Brad was already married.
 
2013-11-25 09:57:52 AM
GRCooper:

It IS off the coast - it's inland from it. :-)


Wouldn't that be more  in the coast?

As is very, very, very much in the coast.
 
2013-11-25 10:14:29 AM
It's a pretty remarkable building for a pretty unremarkable pond.

But if I had the spare loot to live there, I would in a heartbeat.
 
2013-11-25 10:20:53 AM
I'm sorry but the random stones on the wall make the whole thing suck.

The natural use of the stone is beautiful, makes the house look really built right into nature, great stuff.  The unnatural "put some random stones everywhere" looks like someone took a big shiat on otherwise great architecture.
 
2013-11-25 10:29:35 AM
So it's on an island in a lake 50 miles north of NYC. That sounds like a total pain in the ass to get to even for the mega rich, and, you're probably never going to host dinner parties at the house unless you're going to fly everyone in from NYC on helicopters.
 
2013-11-25 10:44:48 AM

DoBeDoBeDo: I'm sorry but the random stones on the wall make the whole thing suck.



You've actually hit on one of the major problems with the house.  It Was designed by Wright, but only built recently, and the owner refused to listen to the Taliesen Foundation while he was building it.  He made so many changes and glaring errors that the Foundation has disowned the house and doesn't recognize it as Wright's work, which makes me sincerly doubt the whole Brad Pitt story.  The owner has had the house on the market for years an no one wants it as it's not a real Wright house.

Wright developed a technique of building walls by filling forms with local rock and then pouring concrete into them.  The walls should look like this:

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I don't know what the guy who built the house did, but it looks like he randomly inserted rocks into the concrete.
 
2013-11-25 10:57:42 AM

Invisible Pedestrian: groppet: There is an island in the bay near me for sale. Last I checked it was going for 20 million and it comes with goats!

How much without the goats?

/checks wallet


Good news the price has be dropped to 14.9 million!
http://www.privateislandsonline.com/islands/goat-island-maryland
 
2013-11-25 01:12:05 PM

DrPainMD: Pitt doesn't seem to be the brightest bulb on the tree. Wright is probably the only architect he can name.


He does seem like a nice dude, though. That's gotta count for something.
 
2013-11-25 01:40:54 PM
That house looks like a large bank built in the early 80's. The rocks glued to the walls look tacky a shiat. I'd rather have a log cabin in the same location.
 
2013-11-25 02:15:02 PM

groppet: Invisible Pedestrian: groppet: There is an island in the bay near me for sale. Last I checked it was going for 20 million and it comes with goats!

How much without the goats?

/checks wallet

Good news the price has be dropped to 14.9 million!
http://www.privateislandsonline.com/islands/goat-island-maryland


Cool site.  I just found the location where we should build the Old Farker's Retirement Home:

Moran's Island
 
2013-11-25 02:55:55 PM

Dwight_Yeast: DoBeDoBeDo: I'm sorry but the random stones on the wall make the whole thing suck.


You've actually hit on one of the major problems with the house.  It Was designed by Wright, but only built recently, and the owner refused to listen to the Taliesen Foundation while he was building it.  He made so many changes and glaring errors that the Foundation has disowned the house and doesn't recognize it as Wright's work, which makes me sincerly doubt the whole Brad Pitt story.  The owner has had the house on the market for years an no one wants it as it's not a real Wright house.

Wright developed a technique of building walls by filling forms with local rock and then pouring concrete into them.  The walls should look like this:

[2.bp.blogspot.com image 850x637]

I don't know what the guy who built the house did, but it looks like he randomly inserted rocks into the concrete.


A number of those changes were made to conform to modern building codes.
 
2013-11-25 02:58:27 PM
Nice gift.  I still think he'd prefer her to buy herself a couple of new bazookas though.
 
2013-11-25 05:32:30 PM

DrPainMD: FTA: "Angelina, 38, was excited after discovering its two homes were designed by his favourite architect Frank Lloyd Wright"

Pitt doesn't seem to be the brightest bulb on the tree. Wright is probably the only architect he can name.


I. M. Pei.
 
2013-11-25 05:37:16 PM

Dwight_Yeast: DoBeDoBeDo: I'm sorry but the random stones on the wall make the whole thing suck.


You've actually hit on one of the major problems with the house.  It Was designed by Wright, but only built recently, and the owner refused to listen to the Taliesen Foundation while he was building it.  He made so many changes and glaring errors that the Foundation has disowned the house and doesn't recognize it as Wright's work, which makes me sincerly doubt the whole Brad Pitt story.  The owner has had the house on the market for years an no one wants it as it's not a real Wright house.

Wright developed a technique of building walls by filling forms with local rock and then pouring concrete into them.  The walls should look like this:

[2.bp.blogspot.com image 850x637]

I don't know what the guy who built the house did, but it looks like he randomly inserted rocks into the concrete.


So the house isn't authentic Wright... but is that really a problem? The house still looks cool, even if you can't say it was designed by Franky. And, honestly, I like the way the house in question used stone better than the Wright house you pictured.

To each their own I suppose
 
2013-11-25 06:27:59 PM

Dwight_Yeast: DoBeDoBeDo: I'm sorry but the random stones on the wall make the whole thing suck.


You've actually hit on one of the major problems with the house.  It Was designed by Wright, but only built recently, and the owner refused to listen to the Taliesen Foundation while he was building it.  He made so many changes and glaring errors that the Foundation has disowned the house and doesn't recognize it as Wright's work, which makes me sincerly doubt the whole Brad Pitt story.  The owner has had the house on the market for years an no one wants it as it's not a real Wright house.

Wright developed a technique of building walls by filling forms with local rock and then pouring concrete into them.  The walls should look like this:

[2.bp.blogspot.com image 850x637]

I don't know what the guy who built the house did, but it looks like he randomly inserted rocks into the concrete.



Is that Taliesen West? I'm not a fan of the randomly-insert-rocks-into-concrete look, but that particular desert rubble looks really amateurish and ugly.

/that house is not ageing well
 
2013-11-25 06:35:56 PM
Fallingwater is gorgeous, wonderful, glorious. It's also tiny, damp & claustrophobic in places. Not that I'd turn it down. But it has some serious issues, not the least of which are the damaged cantilevered patios.
 
2013-11-26 03:06:25 AM

Katchaa: Nice gift.  I still think he'd prefer her to buy herself a couple of new bazookas though.


She already did. Months ago.
 
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