IT was an unusual commission, unlike anything that Stuart Silk, a Seattle architect, had been offered in his quarter-century of practice: design three high-end custom homes for clients he would never meet. Although there were some specifications for functions and dimensions — total square feet, for example, and the number of bedrooms and baths — there wasn’t a clue as to style or a construction budget.
We used to dream of such clients way back in architecture school. We designed fancy expensive five-star hotels in school and then were asked to design toilet details after graduating. We accepted that as the bitter truth of architectural practice in reality. Alas, ten years too late. Damn you, China.
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