People in Toronto neighbourhood divided over black and grey house trend
There is something about home architecture trends in Toronto in recent years that feels admittedly unwelcoming, whether it's due to the dark colour palettes, over-the-top minimalism or industrial feel.
The city seems to be home to a growing number of stark "throw-away" condo buildings constructed quickly and relatively cheaply of conrete and glass, as well as ultra-modern, boxy style homes that some aptly note don't mesh with older styles of housing in their neighbourhoods.
What’s with these ugly fucking modern minecraft ass houses on south Kingsway ? who does this ? who builds a modern house in an old neighbourhood? Toronto is getting uglier— c 🌺 (@u53rn4m3_1) January 3, 2021
One lengthy discussion in a community Facebook group over the weekend touched on this topic, with one resident saying that they feel new and renovated homes in their area feel "gloomy, foreboding and even ominous," especially compared to more "cheerful" architecture and colours in other neighbourhoods.
To them, it was the black and grey exteriors that are a large part of the problem, with others in the same Danforth-East York-Woodbine Community group adding that such homes "don't even represent the area" and "take away from the whole neighborhood."
"I find them out of character with our older neighbourhoods," one added on the subject. "The trend toward black, grey, boxy, in my humble opinion, is ugly, unimaginative, dystopian-looking," another chimed.
I'm from west end Toronto too, it's strange seeing the beautiful Victorian houses next to houses that look they were made in Minecraft. This one especially... the contrast is just too stark and it's plain ugly. pic.twitter.com/mbcXOAftFl— mimi is chilling in cedar rapids 🥤 (@kiku_is_my_son) September 14, 2020
Some speculate that the trend is popular among home flippers, with materials such as stucco being cheaper than others, and aluminum siding only readily available in more basic, muted colours.
"They're afraid to use colours when building to flip because they want to sell neutral homes with black, grey and white tones. Black boxes are the future look for flippers in neighbourhoods," one resident wrote.
Though some stated that they like aspects of the sleek aesthetic — such as the fact that such spaces tend to be more ergonomic and more energy efficient — most seemed to agree that a bit more colour would do wonders to improve such designs, which if you live in Toronto, you've probably seen many of.
This is all over Toronto. They buy $1M houses, rip them down and put up an ugly, cookie cutter of the “modern” neighboring house. Rinse and repeat.— Ava Lanche (@JennS79) February 11, 2019
As some experts have noted, the lovers of such modern architecture are "overwhelmingly in the minority" as we eschew ornament and the unique for uniform, cold buildings that "give most regular humans the heebie-jeebies."
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