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World’s Coolest Houses and We’re Not Talking Arctic Here

by Susi, 24 July 2008

Coolhunter World\'s Coolest Houses

The Coolhunter, a wildly-popular design blog, is at this very moment compiling its second book, The World’s Coolest Houses for December release. It’s sure to be a dizzying compendium of highly unusual homes. 

Says Bill Tikos (the Coolhunter himself), “The houses we want must think like Zaha Hadid who said ‘I like architecture to have some raw, vital, earthly quality.”  Photographs may be submitted for consideration to bill@thecoolhunter.net.

Personally, I enjoy the Coolhunter, but don’t always fall completely in love with all of their choices for inclusion. There’s a slight tendency to value novelty over deeper qualities. Humour and whimsy have a place in design, but too much of a good thing can lead to decadence. Yet I grant the Coolhunter immunity from such serious critique because they hunt “cool,” by definition. It’s not called the Qualityhunter, the Beautyhunter or the Appropriatenesshunter, after all. It’s all cool.

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