ruminations about architecture and design

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

the cape house is not dead

However, I am more convinced than ever that its viability as a house style is too compromised to make it anything more than a niche design product. Everybody likes Capes. Everybody liked Howard Johnson's. So it goes.

The design challenge that I cannot solve, and I doubt anyone can solve, is making a Cape work on the small lots that dominate American housing developments. The more interesting design challenge, which I haven't made a real effort to solve, is how to liberate the Cape design of a surplus of formal spaces.

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