Ted and I walked downtown today to catch a movie at the Century. The route we take zig zags through the adjacent historic district, a federally designated district with gorgeous eighteenth and early nineteenth century homes.
And right alongside them is the Metal House:
I would probably be kinda cranky if I bought a house on a historic block like this (wish I could), and then had this built next to me. The thing is, it's not the only one. The architect, who is finishing up Metal House 2, has this one for sale right next door. Follow the link, and you'll be able to see interior and exterior photos of both homes. Be sure to watch the video for clips of our neighborhood. At least in the first few minutes.
I think the problem I have with these is that they look cold and closed off from the rest of the neighborhood, with garages in front. That's one thing I don't like about a lot of modern suburban architecture--the garage door is often the largest, most noticeable feature of the house. All the other houses on this block have separate garages in back, accessible from the alley; the houses themselves are warm and inviting, with a focus on the front door or a porch.
It kinda depresses me to walk past the metal houses. What do the rest of you think?