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2019-02-16 03:08:24 PM  
Rectangular is just more efficient to utilize available space. Odd angles and curves result in a bunch of wasted areas.
 
2019-02-16 03:37:36 PM  

NeoCortex42: Rectangular is just more efficient to utilize available space. Odd angles and curves result in a bunch of wasted areas.


Actually, a hexagon is much more space efficient.  Squares/rectangles are just the established norm.
 
2019-02-16 03:42:27 PM  
Meh on most of them. But that arrowhead, yeah I'll take one of those in a less wintry climate, please.
 
2019-02-16 03:52:30 PM  

phalamir: NeoCortex42: Rectangular is just more efficient to utilize available space. Odd angles and curves result in a bunch of wasted areas.

Actually, a hexagon is much more space efficient.  Squares/rectangles are just the established norm.


We're not BEES!

Are we?
 
2019-02-16 03:56:48 PM  

ecmoRandomNumbers: phalamir: NeoCortex42: Rectangular is just more efficient to utilize available space. Odd angles and curves result in a bunch of wasted areas.

Actually, a hexagon is much more space efficient.  Squares/rectangles are just the established norm.

We're not BEES!

Are we?


Does your vomit turn into honey?  If not, no.
 
2019-02-16 03:59:02 PM  
I'm easily amused so I like those mid-century slightly bent one-level executive homes.
 
2019-02-16 04:08:15 PM  

phalamir: ecmoRandomNumbers: phalamir: NeoCortex42: Rectangular is just more efficient to utilize available space. Odd angles and curves result in a bunch of wasted areas.

Actually, a hexagon is much more space efficient.  Squares/rectangles are just the established norm.

We're not BEES!

Are we?

Does your vomit turn into honey?  If not, no.


I've never kept it around long enough to see. BRB, finding a handle of vodak to chug.
 
2019-02-16 04:22:22 PM  

Noticeably F.A.T.: phalamir: ecmoRandomNumbers: phalamir: NeoCortex42: Rectangular is just more efficient to utilize available space. Odd angles and curves result in a bunch of wasted areas.

Actually, a hexagon is much more space efficient.  Squares/rectangles are just the established norm.

We're not BEES!

Are we?

Does your vomit turn into honey?  If not, no.

I've never kept it around long enough to see. BRB, finding a handle of vodak to chug.


Just realize bees vomit it up and then re-drink it a dozen or so times before a given quantity is ready.
 
2019-02-16 04:29:14 PM  
Sadly these never caught on
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2019-02-16 04:34:04 PM  

Noticeably F.A.T.: phalamir: ecmoRandomNumbers: phalamir: NeoCortex42: Rectangular is just more efficient to utilize available space. Odd angles and curves result in a bunch of wasted areas.

Actually, a hexagon is much more space efficient.  Squares/rectangles are just the established norm.

We're not BEES!

Are we?

Does your vomit turn into honey?  If not, no.

I've never kept it around long enough to see. BRB, finding a handle of vodak to chug.


With that much alcohol it will come out as mead, not honey
 
2019-02-16 05:20:55 PM  
I was in a dome home outside of Albany, NY, back in 1992. ... It was a fabulous place.
 
2019-02-16 05:45:10 PM  

phalamir: ecmoRandomNumbers: phalamir: NeoCortex42: Rectangular is just more efficient to utilize available space. Odd angles and curves result in a bunch of wasted areas.

Actually, a hexagon is much more space efficient.  Squares/rectangles are just the established norm.

We're not BEES!

Are we?

Does your vomit turn into honey?  If not, no.


Do earwigs make chutney?
 
2019-02-16 05:46:58 PM  

ababyatemydingo: Sadly these never caught on
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My favorite exhibit at the Henry Ford Museum is the Dymaxion house.

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Pics not mine.

I love adobe houses in the southwest that have smooth walls and curved spaces. My dream home is a rounded poured concrete design.
 
2019-02-16 06:13:47 PM  

ababyatemydingo: Sadly these never caught on
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Modified versions are making a comeback as backyard chicken coops.

UFO Chicken Coop
Youtube rLUK-UtAUfw
 
2019-02-16 06:26:35 PM  
---Rectangular are easier to make.
---Some of the odd ones in the article look like a nightmare to heat as the smaller the area of the outside walls, the less space there is to leak heat.
---Curved walls may look cool, but hanging any sort of picture on them is a problem.
 
2019-02-16 06:43:59 PM  
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I saw this house on TV when I was a kid.  It haunted my dreams.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palais_​B​ulles
 
2019-02-16 07:42:28 PM  
Remember reading once long ago about how Wilt Chamberlain's house had no right angle corners anywhere.
https://la.curbed.com/2018/6/26/17500​3​80/brutalist-home-for-sale-bel-air-hol​mby-hills
 
2019-02-16 08:32:36 PM  
The Throwing star motif is pretty much the ideal layout to my mind. Not necessarily triangular, but the central hub of living/dining/utilitywith bedrooms each branching away from it in different directions.

Penta, hexa, or octagon shaped center depending on the number of bedrooms you wanted and orientations. Each bedroom wing with it's own study and bathroom, each person therefore gets their own space and a space to come together.
 
2019-02-16 08:39:06 PM  
Beverly Hills Cop 2 - Building Inspector (1080p)
Youtube APpRKZiAkKI
"They want to live in a doughnut; let them live in a doughnut!"
 
2019-02-16 08:46:40 PM  

bobobolinskii: Remember reading once long ago about how Wilt Chamberlain's house had no right angle corners anywhere.
https://la.curbed.com/2018/6/26/175003​80/brutalist-home-for-sale-bel-air-hol​mby-hills


Beverly Hills Cop 2 - Building Inspector (1080p)
Youtube APpRKZiAkKI
 
2019-02-16 09:05:13 PM  
One of my friends has a cedar water tank house.  It's a cylinder, the walls consist of 2" cedar planking, no insulation at all.  The roof funnels all of the water into the center where there is a drain.  If the drain clogs, both bathrooms flood.  The windows are all crank-outs and have a single layer of smoked Plexiglas.  Impossible to heat and would probably be an oven in the summer, except for the highly flammable eucalyptus trees.  The house sits on a slope that is so steep that you climb one story to get to the parking pad, another to the open "basement", a third to the main house and a fourth to the master bedroom.

She loves the place.
 
2019-02-16 09:27:57 PM  
Ex-carpenter here, structures are generally built in rectangles because straight lines and 90 degree angles are easy to work with.

The angles aren't such a big issue, but when you're talking about exterior walls, you've gotta consider the surface area to volume ratio.  The goal is to maximize square footage relative to building materials and cost of labor, rectangles work nicely.  This has the added benefit of reducing heating/cooling costs relative to square footage.

Curves can go fark themselves!  I've built curved walls and ceilings before, it's a complete pain in the ass that skyrockets labor costs.

TLDR; "You'll take your goddamn rectangular house and like it!" ~ every tradesman in America.
 
2019-02-16 09:35:01 PM  
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2019-02-16 09:37:28 PM  

electricjebus: surface area to volume ratio


A round house has a better ratio but your points about buildability are spot on. Maybe if I could buy a sheet of drywall with a specified radius of curvature...
 
2019-02-16 09:49:04 PM  

Invincible: electricjebus: surface area to volume ratio

A round house has a better ratio but your points about buildability are spot on. Maybe if I could buy a sheet of drywall with a specified radius of curvature...


I know, that's why I mentioned it in my rant about angles rather than curves, upon reflection I should have made that clearer... sorry, I've had a few.

Drywall is the least of the problem with curves, just wet the back of it and it's flexible.  If the curve is too much for that, just get a mesh lath and plaster it.

Crown molding on a curved wall is the stuff of every trim carpenter's nightmares.  Then there's cutting a whole bunch of grooves into plywood to make it flexible enough for the exterior.
 
2019-02-16 09:51:31 PM  
Concrete printers open up some interesting possibilities.

I'd kind of like a buried into a hillside hobbit hole type place that was full of curves.
 
2019-02-16 09:52:02 PM  

bobobolinskii: Remember reading once long ago about how Wilt Chamberlain's house had no right angle corners anywhere.
https://la.curbed.com/2018/6/26/175003​80/brutalist-home-for-sale-bel-air-hol​mby-hills


Neither does mine, but only because the contractor clearly had no farks to give
 
2019-02-16 09:59:01 PM  

Eddie Adams from Torrance: [img.fark.net image 640x457]

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Is that top one the house where there filmed a scene with Danny Trejo in the movie Casino?
 
2019-02-16 10:03:55 PM  

Stone Meadow: Eddie Adams from Torrance: [img.fark.net image 640x457]

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Is that top one the house where there filmed a scene with Danny Trejo in the movie Casino?


I think you mean Heat, he wasn't in Casino
 
2019-02-16 10:43:16 PM  
Designs where the developer needed to say no to some premadonna architect?
 
2019-02-16 11:02:40 PM  
There are a couple of octagonal houses in Portland CT. I was always intrigued...

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2019-02-16 11:07:05 PM  
I appreciate that the author has taken the time to come up with brief descriptive names for each layout. I wonder what this one might be called.

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2019-02-16 11:08:00 PM  

NeoCortex42: Rectangular is just more efficient to utilize available space. Odd angles and curves result in a bunch of wasted areas.


and material Most building materials are based on 2 ft increments
 
2019-02-17 12:17:56 AM  

electricjebus: Ex-carpenter here, structures are generally built in rectangles because straight lines and 90 degree angles are easy to work with.

The angles aren't such a big issue, but when you're talking about exterior walls, you've gotta consider the surface area to volume ratio.  The goal is to maximize square footage relative to building materials and cost of labor, rectangles work nicely.  This has the added benefit of reducing heating/cooling costs relative to square footage.

Curves can go fark themselves!  I've built curved walls and ceilings before, it's a complete pain in the ass that skyrockets labor costs.

TLDR; "You'll take your goddamn rectangular house and like it!" ~ every tradesman in America.


That's the nice thing about Fark -- eventually an actual expert usually shows up and explains the details. I didn't even think about it in those terms.
 
2019-02-17 02:17:32 AM  
Cube houses don't have to be boring
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2019-02-17 07:45:32 AM  
It does if you want to sell it. My cousin built a circular house, and it's farking ridiculous
 
2019-02-17 09:39:19 AM  

DarkSoulNoHope: [Youtube APpRKZiAkKI image 480x270][Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/APpRKZiA​kKI] "They want to live in a doughnut; let them live in a doughnut!"


in the french dub they replaced doughnut with "couille", which means ball (as in testicle)

i was like 13 years old when I saw the movie so I found it hilarious
 
2019-02-17 09:57:52 AM  
electricjebus

Ex-carpenter here, structures are generally built in rectangles because straight lines and 90 degree angles are easy to work with.

The angles aren't such a big issue, but when you're talking about exterior walls, you've gotta consider the surface area to volume ratio.  The goal is to maximize square footage relative to building materials and cost of labor, rectangles work nicely.  This has the added benefit of reducing heating/cooling costs relative to square footage.

Curves can go fark themselves!  I've built curved walls and ceilings before, it's a complete pain in the ass that skyrockets labor costs.

TLDR; "You'll take your goddamn rectangular house and like it!" ~ every tradesman in America.


I designed and built a house for myself a couple years ago. 24' x 32' rectangle with a 4/12 roof. I wasted pretty much zero materials on the build. This was a huge factor in keeping costs low made it very easy and quick to build.There is an incredible amount of waste if you start using crazy angles or curves. Total cost of house was under $70,000. Used all ply wood, rock wool insulation and did the frost walls with ICF's as well all LED's and a super efficient combi boiler for heated floor/DHW.
 
2019-02-17 10:26:10 AM  

New Age Redneck: electricjebus

Ex-carpenter here, structures are generally built in rectangles because straight lines and 90 degree angles are easy to work with.

The angles aren't such a big issue, but when you're talking about exterior walls, you've gotta consider the surface area to volume ratio.  The goal is to maximize square footage relative to building materials and cost of labor, rectangles work nicely.  This has the added benefit of reducing heating/cooling costs relative to square footage.

Curves can go fark themselves!  I've built curved walls and ceilings before, it's a complete pain in the ass that skyrockets labor costs.

TLDR; "You'll take your goddamn rectangular house and like it!" ~ every tradesman in America.

I designed and built a house for myself a couple years ago. 24' x 32' rectangle with a 4/12 roof. I wasted pretty much zero materials on the build. This was a huge factor in keeping costs low made it very easy and quick to build.There is an incredible amount of waste if you start using crazy angles or curves. Total cost of house was under $70,000. Used all ply wood, rock wool insulation and did the frost walls with ICF's as well all LED's and a super efficient combi boiler for heated floor/DHW.


That's a tiny home!
 
2019-02-17 10:39:17 AM  

TedCruz'sCrazyDad: New Age Redneck: electricjebus

Ex-carpenter here, structures are generally built in rectangles because straight lines and 90 degree angles are easy to work with.

The angles aren't such a big issue, but when you're talking about exterior walls, you've gotta consider the surface area to volume ratio.  The goal is to maximize square footage relative to building materials and cost of labor, rectangles work nicely.  This has the added benefit of reducing heating/cooling costs relative to square footage.

Curves can go fark themselves!  I've built curved walls and ceilings before, it's a complete pain in the ass that skyrockets labor costs.

TLDR; "You'll take your goddamn rectangular house and like it!" ~ every tradesman in America.

I designed and built a house for myself a couple years ago. 24' x 32' rectangle with a 4/12 roof. I wasted pretty much zero materials on the build. This was a huge factor in keeping costs low made it very easy and quick to build.There is an incredible amount of waste if you start using crazy angles or curves. Total cost of house was under $70,000. Used all ply wood, rock wool insulation and did the frost walls with ICF's as well all LED's and a super efficient combi boiler for heated floor/DHW.

That's a tiny home!


If it's a one story home, it is indeed.  At two stories, assuming the second floor is the same size, it would be a little over 1500 sq ft.  Modest, but livable.
 
2019-02-17 10:45:10 AM  

bobobolinskii: Stone Meadow: Eddie Adams from Torrance: [img.fark.net image 640x457]

[img.fark.net image 564x863]

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Is that top one the house where there filmed a scene with Danny Trejo in the movie Casino?

I think you mean Heat, he wasn't in Casino


Yep, my bad. Thanks!
 
2019-02-17 11:11:56 AM  

phalamir: NeoCortex42: Rectangular is just more efficient to utilize available space. Odd angles and curves result in a bunch of wasted areas.

Actually, a hexagon is much more space efficient.  Squares/rectangles are just the established norm.


How about making them in the shape of Penrose Tiles? Then you can have your choice of floor plans.
 
2019-02-17 11:17:33 AM  
Rectangular houses are the most common because they are efficient, cheaper, and more easy to modify. If you have a fancy curved house with 2 bedrooms and find yourself needing a house with 3 bedrooms you pretty much out of luck and need to find a new house. With a nice rectangular house it's generally relatively easy to do some remodeling and add a room in the back somewhere.
 
2019-02-17 11:25:44 AM  
TedCruz'sCrazyDad

That's a tiny home!

It is a one story slab on grade, so 750 sq. ft. I don't regard this as tiny at all. This is to me a sensible sized living space. It is easy to clean and maintain and my mortgage is under $600 for a custom built home. This leaves me more time in the mountains and less time at work.....

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As well, zero lawn and plenty of raised bed gardens....

It will not win any design awards but it's a comfy, energy efficient, healthy living space.

/the grass you see is city right of way
 
2019-02-17 01:28:10 PM  
Most of those are Panopticon-like, where you can stand in a central location and see everything and everyone else in the house. No thanks.
 
2019-02-17 01:51:45 PM  
If I ever build a house, it'll be an octagon with a fake history. Such as, built on a bluff near the state line overlooking the interstate. So people will think - oh, strategy - wait a minute, there was no interstate in 1850.
 
2019-02-17 08:09:07 PM  
Non-level flooring will be the next "cool" thing.

/or you can just buy an old house and get non-rectangle and non-level all at once.
//owns an old home
///three
 
2019-02-17 11:10:08 PM  
My wife's mother lives in this house.
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