I guess that this forum has an Australian focus. But if you are outside Australia, feel free to join in re the architecture of your own country.
What do you especially hate/like about current architecture, what architecture from the past especially appeals to you? Now to make my own position clear, I love verandahs. They are a very Australian thing. I also love internal court yards/gardens that you found in some Roman houses.
To my mind, the house should flow into the garden. This is an example of what is known as a Queenslander. Actually, it too ornate for my taste. I love the lower verandahs that flow out into the garden. You can sit there in the still warm air of evening and look at through the trees, across tye beds.
For some reason, a lit of modern styles in industrial parks seem to go with an off-centre rectangle at the entrance. To my mind, that’s blood ugly!
What do you think?
In comments, kvd was not impressed by the above photo.
Well, someone has to say it: that picture is quite possibly the ugliest,least representative, example of "a Queenslander" that I've ever seen. And if there was an architect involved (and I suspect there was, because it lacks taste), all I can suggest is that he should have been put down at birth.
"McMansion" is the now-old term of contempt in NSW; that pic must qualify as the Queensland version.
So please - anyone reading from out-of-Australia - we are not actually as crass as that. (Mostly, sometimes)
Instead, he put forward this picture. Further comments follow the photo.
The Queenslander was designed for a hot climate when wood was the main building material. The downstairs area was open to the winds and mainly used for storage. Still, I do think that the top is an example of the more ornate style.
I hadn’t heard of architect Christopher Wolfgang Alexander until Evan mentioned him in a comment. You will find his Wikipedia entry here. This link will give you access to photos of some of his buildings, While this piece gives access to more set in a context. There is some really nice stuff there. He strikes me as my kind of architect!