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.