The landmarked and preserved architectural masterpieces of the world would undoubtedly look very different if they were subject to actual inhabitants. Taking the dissonance between aesthetic temples and lived-in homes and prying it wide open, the runner up and popular vote winner for SketchUp and Maxwell Render's "Out of Place" competition gave Le Corbusier's iconic Villa Savoye an ungainly suburban makeover, complete with a garden gnome, a dog house, a pool, a lawn-demarcating fence, and a cheery coat of canary yellow paint. The rooftop volumes were even decked out with sawtooth battlements, skewering the awkward medieval aspirations of homebuilders who take the "my home is my castle" adage a bit too seriously.
Plus, it's a great rendering, leaving aside the aesthetic implications of giving a legendary modernist's villa a pair of outward-jutting AC units and a satellite dish. (Though, to be fair, it's probably better than turning it into a doghouse.) Architizer has a run-through of the rest of the runners up, which are unsurprisingly a bit more hilarious and unrestrained than the winners; we're talking Stonehenge plunked down in a soccer stadium and NYC's Fifth Avenue Apple Store floating in a highball martini. It's almost as good as the time the Frank Lloyd Wright's Guggenheim got tripled in height.
· Le Corbusier's Villa Savoye Gets a Kitsch McMansion Makeover [Architizer]