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10 Public Reactions to Brandlhuber’s Antivilla – RATED

As you may have noticed, this website proudly states above the fold that it is the hallowed “Home of Opinion on Architecture”. Now, you’d be forgiven for believing this bold subtitle should actually be amended to “The Home of MY Opinion on Architecture”, since I appear to give my viewpoint a little more often than everyone else. Just as well I’m always right, eh?

Ok, maybe – just maybe – other opinions count too. In fact, I want this blog to feature as many views as possible, and form a platform for all – architects, students and the public at large – to vent their frustrations (or sing the praises) over controversial architecture as it emerges around the world.

With that in mind, behold this new series entitled “The Opinionator”, dedicated to the very best (and worst) online comments from readers of architecture websites across the net. There’s just one caveat: I’ll be giving my opinion… on these opinions. I just can’t help myself.

First up on The Opinionator: The Antivilla by Brandlhuber + Emde Schneider. All of these quotes are taken from the Archdaily Facebook page. If you see a quote by yourself on here and are unhappy with its inclusion, just drop me a message over here and I’ll swiftly remove it for you.

Yours outspoken,

The Angry Architect

 

1. “We ran out of money and the architect had a brilliant idea.” – Luke Fitzpatrick

The qualities of this comment are clear – sarcasm is never easy to pull off in written form, but Luke manages it with his ‘brilliant’ quip. Succinct and pithy, with an obtuse reference to the budget adding extra spikiness.

ANGRY RATING: 6/10

 

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2. “Like the face of a broken robot!!!” – Ken Yung-Kang Lee

Ken went back to basics with a good old-fashioned simile. It is unclear as to whether this is intended to be a complimentary or derogatory comparison, but either way, the passion –exemplified by multiple exclamation marks–  is admirable.

ANGRY RATING: 7/10

 

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3. “There’s such a thing as standards.” – James Avilez

A weak effort from James. Firstly, it is unclear which standards he is referring to – subjective ones pertaining to quality, or regulatory ones for which the Antivilla is deliberately designed question? It’s a snooty comment, but not in a good way.

ANGRY RATING: 3/10

 

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4. “The work of a psychopath? Or just ugly bullsh*t?” – Bernhard King

Framing an opinion as a question can free the writer from responsibility and commitment to their own outspoken viewpoint. Bullish and cowardly in equal measure. Tell us what you really think, Bernhard.

ANGRY RATING: 4/10

 

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5. “Do you need to be an architect to think this is architecture?” – Quique Lomeli

Quique poses a pertinent question, forcing us to come to terms with the painful truth – architects may have a different idea from the rest of the world as to what makes for great design… and it turns out we’re not the only ones who have to live with it. Not very angry, but certainly thought provoking.

ANGRY RATING: 6/10

 

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6. “OMG I hope that’s just a rendering… :DDDD” – Viktorija Misiinaité

The message is communicated simply – Viktorija hopes the client hasn’t paid real money to build this very real structure. Multi-mouthed emoticons add a touch of cheekiness to proceedings. Pleasantly lighthearted, but flimsy in terms of critical analysis.

ANGRY RATING: 5/10

 

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7. “This looks like the ‘before’ pic.” –– Gemma Baird

Understated but effectively insulting, Baird uses a concept we are all familiar with – the ‘before and after’ reveal technique – to make her point. The passive aggression is strong with this one.

ANGRY RATING: 7/10

 

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8. “NO.” – Paul Tino

Concise in the extreme. The use of capital letters speaks volumes. I like it.

ANGRY RATING: 8/10

 

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9. “Ahhh burn it with fire! Send it to hell!” – Diogo Santana Rodrigues

This comment has a strong ‘voice’. One can almost hear the scream. Great job!

ANGRY RATING: 7/10

 

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10. “Earthquake Chic.” – Christine Griffiths

Christine pulls off a masterly stroke, combining words with contrasting connotations to produce a comprehensive opinion piece using just 14 letters. Cool, calm, yet cutting. Superb.

ANGRY RATING: 9/10

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