What Could Possibly Go Wrong?


#523

Timex is definitely at fault IMO.


#524

I regret nothing!

This picture is real.


#525

Bob: “Which house is yours?”

Dave: “The one that looks like a castle.”


#526

Which led to this awesome architecture joke:

McMansion Hell:
hi i would like to propose a new cover for one of the great classics of contemporary aesthetics, (for the curious: this is a horrific failed luxury castle development in turkey)
(http://mcmansionhell.com/post/182251279151/hi-i-would-like-to-propose-a-new-cover-for-one-of)


#527

If anyone is ever driving, biking and walking down the street and they encounter something like that, just get the hell out of there. You’ve just entered a horror movie.


#528

Only in America could an atrocity like this be built. Good God, man. That’s hideous!
EDIT: Waitaminnit. That’s in Turkey?!?


#529

For the Middle East rich it said.


#530

Don’t worry, I’m sure some enthusiastic developer is plotting to have that whole development scooped up and transported to Texas or something.


#531

I hate to say it, but I could see it being built around here. Lots of new development happening now.


#532

That freaky faux chateaux fractal very much echos the unique natural landscape of Cappadocia, with the Fairy Chimneys and other volcanic stone features. (e.g.)



#533

Tract housing for the rich?
I’m just not understanding who would want to live in one of those things, especially when they cost half a million each.


#534

Nobody wants to live there, that’s the point.

But does anyone want to live in a $500K home squished up against another one, with a somewhat unusual architectural style? Sure, for instance the majority of residents of San Francisco.


#535

Yeah, but from what I’ve seen, those homes in San Francisco are not hideous. There is a sane reason for them being there, and the architects did what they could within the budget they had at the time.

And by themselves, these mini-castles would not be so horrible. But that castle-like architecture was never meant for tract housing. I mean, an actual older tract house has far more charm than one of these castle-like things. Probably because they were not trying to be pretentious.


#536

Well I didn’t really make it up. It was just in the original article.

When construction started in 2014, the Burj Al Babas was supposed to be a luxury residential retreat for wealthy investors from the Middle East.

I certainly don’t know enough about wealthy investors form the Middle East to say they would buy this or that, but… apparently neither did this group.


#537

No, no. I’m not saying you made it up. My apologies if I gave that impression. I read it too.
My disbelief was in the fact that apparently there is such a thing as tract housing for the wealthy. Which just kind of blows my mind.
The fly-over video was surreal.


#538

Oh I see what you mean. Yeah, I wouldn’t have guessed that either but… I’ve seen some really gaudy stuff from the people who claim to be rich. I suppose that can shift into housing too.


#539

I would think of it less as housing and more like bulk money laundering opportunities.


#540

My aunt bought a very nice (but small) house in an older Chicago neighborhood (same neighborhood I lived in as a kid), razed it, and built a giant McMansion on the lot. The yard is tiny because the house takes up like 90% of the lot.


#541

Just to plug again: McMansion Hell is awesome.


#542