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April 19, 2006

Windowless on Wolcott

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I vote for this new build in the category of Most Egregious Misuse of Potential Window Space. What's up with all the brick? Almost all of the windows are placed in the back of the building, where it looks like there are terraces with sliding glass doors, perhaps for a duplex. By the placement of the doors, I would guess that a large center section is being used as a stairwell, but who says that windows can't be utilized?

The only reason that comes to mind for this is that the building is directly across the street from a section of the Red Hook Houses. If the lack of windows is in fact a commentary on the view, it doesn't send a great message to the neighborhood. Am I missing some architectural rule that explains the design?

Posted by callalillie at April 19, 2006 7:08 AM | City Life


no, it's just ugly and cheap!

Posted by: Nancy at April 19, 2006 7:58 AM

Here, here. Though if they had enough money to put all the glass in the back, you'd think they'd even out the distribution, even just for the sake of cross ventilation.

Posted by: corie at April 19, 2006 8:50 AM

sadly this is one of the better examples of the new construction going on all over the place. at least the windows are the same size and evenly spaced on the facade. again, it's very disturbing that i have to give credit to this kind of architecture, but it gets oh soooo much worse.

Posted by: ChrisG at April 19, 2006 10:48 AM

The only architectural reason I can think of, and I seriously doubt that this is why, is that it becomes very difficult to arrange furniture and hang pictures when the walls are all windows. (I discovered this after we remodeled our house. All those windows are really nice until you want to hang something on the wall, and you discover there is no wall.)

Posted by: Kathy at April 19, 2006 1:40 PM

Yikes! That is horrific in every way. I'm trying to find a way in which this building does not repulse me but so far there is nothing. Mercifully it's too cheap to still be standing in 100 years time.

Posted by: Marcia at April 19, 2006 2:31 PM

Eww. It's just so hideously disproportionate. At least the stuff going up in my neighborhood is making a nod to classic architecture, even if they are a bit awful.

Posted by: jessmonster at April 22, 2006 10:05 PM

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