Right at a busy junction of Studio City, where Sunswept meets Whitsett, near Ventura, someone is building an aesthetic atrocity, in full view of a gas station. Surrounded by billboards and traffic, the house seems to be a catalog of everything that is wrong with speculative building today.
Fake stone, badly proportioned windows, cantaloupe colored stucco, ridiculous ornament…the hideousness of the house is insufferable. With its location right above the fumes of the filling station, this property is also sadly one of the more visible in Studio City, due to its elevation and prominent site.
I’ve never understood how builders can put these monsters up.
Is there not an architectural alternative, one based on, say the 18th Century, when geometric balance and pleasing lines were the norm? Do these developers get drunk, run over to Home Depot, and load up their pick-up truck with vinyl windows, vinyl gutters and fancy front doors?
This ugly creation will now disfigure an otherwise pretty section of Studio City for the next 50 years. What is created in a few months, has lasting and negative effects on our environment.