Monday, March 10, 2008

ARCHITECTURE: Robert Bruno's Steel House

WOULD LIVING in a house made entirely of steel get hot, especially in Texas? For the past 23 years, Robert Bruno has been crafting this structure outside Lubbock. First are foremost, the place is a sculpture — Bruno has been welding it himself since day one. But it's turning into, perhaps, one of the most intriguing pieces of residential architecture I've come across in quite some time. To me, it reminds me of the submarine from "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea."

This weekend's Financial Times has a great feature on the place:
... [A]s the road peters out around an anonymous corner past yet another bland bungalow suddenly, squatting on the suburban skyline, is something else entirely: something that looks like it has landed from a planet where straight lines and sobriety were outlawed.
Something tells me that if Bruno were looking to build this in D.C., our architectural tastemakers would have a hard time digesting the design.

Photo by Flickr user JoshEwwAhh

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