Saturday, September 27, 2008

Make us then a mighty host



The rest of this house is one of those "Awesome or awful?" quandaries, but this -- this! -- this is too much. Built-in, permanent, cement armchairs? No.

Found by Liz.

38 comments:

Anonymous said...

Okay...another weird house in New Zealand. I think we now have sufficient proof that HGTV needs better coverage in New Zealand!

David said...

That is one fine residence...creepy beyond words but I'm sure they are lovely people.

Linnee said...

No quandaries here. It is awful!

Bucky said...

Who was the architect? Yoda?

Anonymous said...

Well the garden looks lovely and it does have gorgeous views. Is it located someplace warm enough to be outside year round?

Julie said...

It's the gaping maw of the fireplace that spooks me. Because I know that's where the strange chair people disappeared to. ;)

FoxyMoron said...

Definitely an artist's house, but I bet they get cold bums in the Winter.

blissfullycaffeinated said...

That living room looks like what I imagine the inside of an igloo would be.

The outside is lovely though.

KLZ said...

That is one strange house! I do not know what to say.

Kim said...

All the Whos down in Whoville, the tall and the small...would love to have a bumpy, round-cornered house like that.

Sonnjea said...

At first I thought the owner was a bit daft and colorblind. But then I saw the listing was in New Zealand and, well, it seemed to fit.

Anonymous said...

Aside from the plaster chairs - which seem stark and cold compared to everything else - I love it! It is the type of home I would have loved to grown up in. Instead I had beige carpet and mostly empty white semi-gloss walls.

I wonder why the people are moving. They obviously put in a lot of effort into making that home theirs.

Chris said...

Just based on this photo, I would be expecting Gandalf to knock on the door any minute ...

Patty B. said...

I looked at all the pictures of this house. It looks like they had a rebelious child (the pink bedroom.)

Patricia said...

Judging only by the listings on this blog, I think New Zealand has some of the quirkiest houses ever! I don't think any amount of throw pillows would make the plaster seating comfy and cozy. At first glance it reminds me of the inside of an igloo.

Mombi said...

I feel like we've stumbled into a garden gnome's lair...

OmegaMom said...

I vote awesome. I'm not sure *I*'d want to live there, but it is still really kewl. I'd love to visit, and the people who did it must be very interesting. I, too, noticed the "rebellious child" with the pink bedroom! ;-)

jenjen said...

Oh, I love the blue bottles embedded in the kitchen wall - would be a PITA to replace if one broke, but very cool look. The plaster living room set is kind of stupid.

Anonymous said...

I love the listing's promotion of "an office to write poetry." I say the whole house is an ode to odd. Love it!

Heather said...

Maybe I'm weird, but I think it's cool!

Anonymous said...

I love the bottles in the wall and the funky windows. . .but what's up with that searing red dining room? I think it's a dining room. . .though I don't know, my retina's are still burning!

JOUK said...

No to the plaster chairs (but plaster can easily be removed with a hammer and some energy . . .) but I have to admit to actually liking the IDEA of bedding blue glass bottles into a wall - although I would have perhaps done this in a sunny spot in my garden, not the kitchen wall. . . .

However, I like this house! The sheer quirkiness of it appeals to me and I would love to meet the owner. Just the fact that the listing details a place for writing poetry - how specific is that?! Just for the views and the individuality of the place . . . it's great!

Glory von Hathor said...

Apart from the concrete igloo suite, that house is awesome! And I wish my childhood bedroom had curtains hung from driftwood, a globe and a Dr Seuss poster...

Jomamma said...

Gnomes, Whos, Yoda, Ompa Loompas... all the above... oh and fairies... fairies love homes made of painted over mud.

Meg said...

The cement furniture would solve my problem of never being able to decide how I want to arrange the furniture!

T said...

I love re-arranging too much - but the Flinstonian family room sure is... interesting...

Lisa said...

Holy Antoni Gaudi, batman!

But there's, like, an office for writing poetry, so that's alright then.

Staci Hill said...

I'm thinking this looks a little Toon-townish - like Mickie or Minnie's place. OR perhaps they took their inspiration from Seuss.

Mel said...

In it's defense (yes a kiwi here) that particular part of the country is full of hippies and greenies :)

T said...

the pink bedroom is cute! they have nice property... but the concrete furniture growing from the floor does take away from it all...

Old House Junkie said...

I love this house! For some reason it reminds me of my very early adulthood, memorizing each issue of The Mother Earth News. I would buy this house today if I had $ and if I knew about NZ immigration law. However, sadly, I may not be worthy of the house. I haven't written poetry since college, not sure I could qualify to use the office.

Bill's Bayou said...

HIDEOUS does not begin to describe this home. The entire thing is a bygone artist concept.

Oh. And unless I'm mistaken, that big blue star in the wall of one of the rooms looks into the bathroom, or worse, into the shower stall. Given the nature of the house, I'm betting it looks into the shower stall.

Anonymous said...

Terrible, terrible house. Typical example of a good idea gone completely bad on execution. I have seem some really amazing houses using recycled glass and other unique building materials in a way that works. The blue bottles in the window would work if the windows were actually level and had some type of symmetry. The color scheme is a nightmare, and the plaster chairs are senseless. (Sitting on plaster frequently would eventually cause it to wear down and people would be breathing in particles.)The surrounding property is lovely as is the view, and the window seat in the kitchen has some merits, but the rest of the joint needs to be completely gutted.

Ruth said...

Um this house looks like a crayola box threw up.

Anonymous said...

With so much going on in there, I guess no one else noticed that those folks like to use a knife block as a doorstop in their kitchen.

corvideye said...

I dunno... there's a charming exuberance, enthusiasm, and devil-may-care lack of concern for societal conventions that makes this rather irresistible to me... but maybe it's just me... I don't think I'd like to live there, but I would like to have tea with these people.

Anonymous said...

umm...it's unique.

sparrow said...

It's still for sale. I saw it on trademe.co.nz only yesterday. I think it's in the Motueka area, in case anyone totally fell in love with it!