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Guess the Architecture! for 1/24/2017

Posted January 24, 2017 2:00 PM

Do any of you know this building? By popular demand, this week’s structure is slightly more obscure.

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01/24/2017 2:18 PM

Now that's more like it. I've no bloody idea.

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01/24/2017 2:21 PM

I'm glad I could help! Luckily, it is a real building, so I'll let you know what it is next week ... unless someone else guesses it.

Good Luck, everyone!

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01/24/2017 2:27 PM

Do you sketch these? They're pretty good!

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01/24/2017 3:52 PM

I do. Thank you!

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01/24/2017 3:55 PM

Nice work.

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01/25/2017 5:04 PM

Hey - you've got my cat.

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01/25/2017 5:55 PM

Nice heterochromatic eyes. Were you thinking Hemingway House?

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01/26/2017 1:11 PM

Those eyes are even more striking in the dark - one glows red and one glows yellow.

Fifth stray who decided we had a pretty fine place to stay.

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01/31/2017 10:45 PM

He's a body double for my cat.

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02/01/2017 8:12 AM

She's a body double. But what about the eyes?

If two colors, I have to ask the question everyone asks - deaf? Seems 75% of white cats with different colored eyes are deaf. Mine is definitely not, but challenged to determine where a sound came from. (deaf in 1 ear???)

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02/01/2017 9:23 PM

OK. My guy's a stunt double?

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02/02/2017 9:02 AM

Good - she needs one. She is the most cautious cat I've ever seen. Jumping onto the window sill inside the house from a table 2" from it is as risky a behavior as she exhibits. Trees - forget about that.

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01/24/2017 2:24 PM

30 Tech Valley Drive in East Greenbush.

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01/24/2017 3:22 PM

Hacienda de Zorro by Marx

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01/24/2017 3:27 PM

Nah, no arched window, no screen-looking thingo next to arched window, tops of lower window frames are more ornate, and this pic is in colour.

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01/24/2017 3:37 PM

proximo, pero no cigaro hermano!

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01/25/2017 5:36 AM

Give us some clues.

Can you describe the "screen looking thingo" next to the norman window.

Is the structure on the platform at the front covered?

Could you cut out a section of the real picture, with just enough of the tree in the foreground to identify it (the tree).

Is it magicians row? The doors have no handles.

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01/25/2017 9:53 AM

Clearly the screen-looking thingo is a side-looking phased array radar, probably to help keep tabs on nearby paparazzi.

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"Is it magicians row? The doors have no handles."

I'm guessing it's the Hotel California. "You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave."

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01/25/2017 2:13 PM

Since I’m feeling generous, here are some answers to the questions I’ve been asked about this building:

1. No, it’s not magician’s row, those are picture windows, not doors.

2. The property is apparently surrounded by chestnut and oak trees, and the property itself is home to many olive trees. The tree Randall referred to actually appears to be a variety of grape vine, but you can correct me if I’m wrong. I apologize for the quality, they weren't so concerned with photographing the surrounding landscape.

3. The structure on the platform is not attached to the building, and appears to act as a pergola, from what I can tell.

4. As for the “screen looking thingo,” you're correct that it acts as a screen—although it protects from intense light a lot better than it "helps keep tabs on the nearby paparazzi." I would consider this screen a variation of a perforated brick wall, like this one pictured at the International Masonry Institute.

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01/25/2017 3:01 PM

Since I stand clueless about olive production in Napa Valley, I am going to guess and say it is an olive ranch in California that is also headquarters of a large Napa Valley winery. The upper window is the thermal venting lattice from the fermentation area.

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01/25/2017 3:45 PM

Thanks. That's narrowed it down to South East USA (just because no one else bothers to do range maps of trees)

White Oak range (other oak ranges similar)

(As an aside: interesting how it avoids the Mississippi flood plane; how often does it flood that far out?)

American chestnut

Olives in zones 8 and 9

Knowing that they're windows certainly helps; I had decided it was an old terrace.

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01/25/2017 4:52 PM

Well that narrows it down to about 10 million acres! How sure are you that there are no oaks in California (wrong), and no chestnuts (wrong again, chestnut breath). Hey those chestnut burrs are sure fuzzy! I guess that un-narrows it back down.

yes, Margareet they do grow Chestnuts in sunny California

There is also considerable other varieties of fruits and nuts produced in California, we have not the space to go into here.

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01/26/2017 5:19 AM

Just a small point: it's unlikely to be a pergola, because it's on the platform, and, the climbing plants would have nothing to grow in.

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01/25/2017 9:07 AM

It is the site of the Malta conference toward the end of WWII.

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01/25/2017 11:02 AM

Whoa, that's my house!

(Just kidding...)

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01/25/2017 2:25 PM

Let me guess.

The window on the far left second story appears to have bars in it and there is what could be a doorway beside it. So if the prisoner in the room was condemned, you just put a rope on him and out the door he went.

Napoleans house of exile on Elba.

No - probably not.

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01/27/2017 1:08 PM

Seems to be pretty memorably immemorable...

Might be some significant somebody's birth place...

(Was KILROY ever there?...)

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01/27/2017 1:43 PM

Alas poor YORLIK.... was here backwards!

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01/30/2017 11:00 AM

Okay everyone, this week's building was rennovated by MIDE Architetti fairly recently. Named "Farmhouse in the Countryside," this 19th century house is "located near the city of Lucca in the picturesque Tuscan countryside." According to a post at Gessato, "[f]or the main house, the goal was to maintain as many original features as possible and to enhance vernacular elements, but also to modernize the interior to provide more comfort." (Image credits to MIDE Architetti).

The screen that was so interesting is made of "hollow terra-cotta bricks" intended to "complete missing parts [of] the walls." They are placed at an angle and "filter excess sunshine" and provide "natural ventilation."

What do you think of this design and it's take on reconciling old and new architecture?

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01/30/2017 12:29 PM

Good treatment on some of the inside, but not so much on some of the outside...

The local H(ome) O(wners) A(ssociation) might accept it...(?)

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01/30/2017 1:55 PM

I like it as a place to visit. How comfortable can that be in winter, or is there winter in Tuscany? If not, then count me in.

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