Bloopers

Bubble House, France (Photograph: I have got the style)
Annti Lovag - Bubble House, France (Photograph: I have got the style)

Bubble House, France (Photograph: I have got the style)
Annti Lovag - Bubble House, France (Photograph: I have got the style)

With the one-year anniversary of Eikongraphia ahead, I thought it would nice to do some bloopers. That poses however the problem: what does an architectural and iconographical blooper look like?

An ‘non-pure’ building maybe? Since I have been taught at the university that a hybrid building, a composite structure, is very urban, even beautiful in its own sense, ‘purity’ does not seem like a valid criterion. 

I would like to define a ‘blooper’ as an unconscious act. As everything big is regularly designed by architects, the bloopers are the smaller projects that have been erected by people without any prior building experience. As it goes: these are all villas.

On the borderline is this Bubble House in France, self-built by the former owner and inspired by the sixties-architecture of the Finnish architect Antti Lovag. “If it’s not a right angle, it’s a wrong angle”, some say, but Antti Lovag clearly thinks otherwise. Peter Jackson might have given him a call to do the Hobbit houses for Lord of the Rings.

‘How do I fit square windows in my pyramidal house?’ the owner of this improvisation must have thought. Maybe the idea was to make the house stealth, so it would be invisible on the radar…

Pyramid House (Photograph: Absoludism)
Pyramid House (Photograph: Absoludism)

In Malawi, Africa, a Dutch expatriate decided to build his own football-shaped house, since he liked football so much. If you zoom out, it has also something of a golf ball on a tee, ready to be kicked by a giant.

Football House, Malawi (Photograph: BBC News)
Football House, Malawi (Photograph: BBC News)

In the United States dome-like houses are being built for years in the hurricane states. But the New York Times reported some week ago there is a new fashion rushing through the country of people that ‘want something different.’ Curiously enough, they don’t call an architect, but construction companies that have been specialized in making wooden or concrete domes. To be honest; doesn’t the hippie Norman Foster design the same blobby bloopers? And what about the recent fashion under architects to design buildings with round cheesy windows?

Dome House (Photograph: Dimentech)
Dome House (Photograph: Dimentech)

Dome House, United States (Photograph: Trinity)
Dome House, United States (Photograph: Trinity)


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