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Bill Gates Cribs

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What would your dream house look like? For royalty, how to best show off wealth has changed somewhat from past to present. What Louis XVI desired in a home is much different than, say, Bill Gates.  A 3D flythrough animation of Gates’ new home in Seattle (or a bit outside of it perhaps) inspired a few thoughts:

1) Everyone that enters wears a “pin” that activates personal settings for each room (music customized to each person, etc).  I wonder if we can expect this in our homes of the future?  Also cool: lights that automatically adjust to incoming natural light levels.

2) Funny how the creator of Microsoft gets such a crappy animation . . haha just kidding secret architecture firm, you know i love you.

3) Overall, its wood and glass aesthetic is certainly a contrast from Louis XVI’s Versailles. But the technology is, in a way, baroque gaudiness.

Which would you rather live in?


Written by Wegener

March 4, 2009 at 11:04 pm

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  1. I’d be a whole lot more impressed with Bill’s house if he hadn’t banned ipods and iphones from it.

    If you’re too vain to use the best tools just because they come from your competitor then your vision is flawed and myopic. And your dream house is just another box.


    March 4, 2009 at 11:20 pm

  2. Nice Louis XVI-Bill Gates comparison. This is less Versailles, and more Disney’s Innovention Dream Home.

    What happens when two people share a room? Does the machine compromise? or does daddy/king Gates always win. What about Volume control? Can I quietly enjoy P. Diddy in one room without being drowned out by Enya from the other? Viva La Revolución!


    March 5, 2009 at 3:51 am

  3. Yeah, I heard about Bill’s anti-ipod stance. I guess that would sent the wrong message, however, about his own music player (which is what? I’ve never heard of it).

    P.Diddy + Enya would be a great combo. What if you didn’t want people to know your musical guilty pleasures . . . i’m not sure if i want “Bailamos” playing when I enter . . .

    Jamie Lux

    March 5, 2009 at 5:35 pm

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