Gallery: So-Called “Ugliest House in Queens” is Actually an Eco-Friendl...

Architect Thomas Paino has taken the ongoing criticism of his “ugly” Long Island City row house and turned it into an opportunity for open dialogue about the importance of sustainable architecture. After the architect decided to renovate his three-story Climate Change Row House in order to increase its energy efficiency and resilience against severe weather, he immediately received an onslaught of harsh reviews about the building’s, um, interesting new facade. What do you think about the design? Tell us in the comments below.

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  1. Heidrun Searles August 22, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    I love it. I think it is a beautiful piece of architecture in an otherwise bland and boring street scape. I would not hesitate to do something like this. In 2000 I bought a row house in Antwerp, NY. I painted it bright pink with lavender, grape, and fuchsia trim. It was the talk of the town epically at first because the base pink was pepto bismo pink, but one the trim was done and I painted hanging baskets of fuchsias on either side of the door, everyone commented on it. Even if just to say I had the balls to do it, it was appreciated.


  2. Alice Butterick August 22, 2014 at 2:02 am

    I think this is Wonderful, beautiful and appropriate! Congratulations on the innovative design.