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Alexandra Lange

Time to Move On


Here’s a very nice house in Montauk. It looks just like that very nice house I saw a few months ago on Shelter Island. Or that other nice house in Aspen my husband worked on a few years ago.

Glass first floor, check. Floating staircase, check. Feature fireplace, check. Pocket doors, check. Brand-new mid-century modern furniture, check. Quote about loving the indoor-outdoor life, check.

Sure, it’s lovely. But am I interested in it anymore? No. Can it possibly work at the beach and in the mountains? No. How long will it take for that bronze mesh — the only interesting thing about the house — to rust? Unknown.



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Alexandra Lange Alexandra Lange is an architecture and design critic, and author of Writing about Architecture: Mastering the Language of Buildings and Cities. (Princeton Architectural Press, 2012). Her work has appeared in The Architect’s Newspaper, Architectural Record, Dwell, Metropolis, Print, New York Magazine and The New York Times.

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