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Old 07-08-2009, 01:32 PM
 
Location: Dangling from a mooses antlers
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Warpt...what is the Igloo??? a bar, hotel??
Hasn't the Igloo been a little bit of everything? I recall buying gas there in years past. Many years.
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Old 07-08-2009, 01:37 PM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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I think it was a hotel or something or a lodge. It hasn't been open in ages.
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Old 07-08-2009, 02:05 PM
 
Location: on top of a mountain
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I think it was a hotel or something or a lodge. It hasn't been open in ages.
where is it located exactly?? Could make one heck of an interesting house!!!
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Old 07-08-2009, 02:15 PM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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Cantwell, AK - Igloo City - Igloo-shaped Building
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Old 07-08-2009, 05:11 PM
 
Location: Naptowne, Alaska
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They should paint it to match the background or something. Because it is butt ugly.
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Old 07-08-2009, 05:45 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, Alaska
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They should paint it to match the background or something. Because it is butt ugly.
At least it is on topic.
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Old 07-08-2009, 06:32 PM
 
Location: Dangling from a mooses antlers
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They should paint it to match the background or something. Because it is butt ugly.
It was born that way.
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Old 07-08-2009, 07:54 PM
 
Location: Tucson/Nogales
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A major part of the reason you see so many ugly but functional buildings in Alaska is that so many of them were basically thrown up in a big hurry during economic boom times, like the pipeline era. Probably most of them were just supposed to be "temporary", but you know how that goes.
You should see some of the trashy houses that went up in Las Vegas during the recent boom times, with 30,000 of them now sitting vacant. I can almost hear the houses speaking: Buldozer, where are thou!

It takes two things to make a building both aesthetically pleasing AND practically functional: good design and lots of money. If the former is good enough you can sometimes save on the latter, but never the other way around.[/quote]

I have traveled widely throughout Latin America, and one thing I notice right after going south of the Mexican Border is you, rarely if ever, see houses built of wood. Concrete houses all the way throughout Latin America! And you can walk down any street in Mexico, Central America or South America are rarely see two alike. What a joy to walk through their neighborhoods down there with their profusion of balconies, rooftop decks, curved walls, and wrought iron of every conceivable design.

I realize that the earthquake belt runs from Alaska to the tip of Chile, and perhaps that's why they only build with concrete. I had a house designed for me in Northern Baja and every iota of that building, with the curved walls and rooftop deks, was to be made of non-wood material.

I really don't think the cost of concrete is the factor. There is now a townhouse developer in Las Vegas building all-concrete townhouses, a la Latin America, with rooftop decks, and he claims (there was an article in the paper about this) that it only costs $3k more to build a house with concrete.

Granted, it takes a lot more time to build a concrete house, but perhaps that is the reason we see so few concrete motels, commercial buildings and houses. Developers are too much in a hurry to get it up as fast as possible.
And where did all that rapidity get them here in Las Vegas! It'll take years and years to sell off all this unsold inventory, largely built by illegal Mexicans, who don't build wood houses in their own countries. It's a shame that we didn't employ their skills to build concrete houses while they were here.
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Old 07-08-2009, 10:58 PM
 
Location: Palmer
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Granted, it takes a lot more time to build a concrete house, but perhaps that is the reason we see so few concrete motels, commercial buildings and houses. Developers are too much in a hurry to get it up as fast as possible.
So concrete houses are beautiful? It's in the eye of the beholder I guess.
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Old 07-09-2009, 12:03 AM
 
Location: Tucson/Nogales
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What I like most about the concrete houses and motels down there is the rooftop decks. I drop my bags in my room, and make a mad dash to the top for a nice 360 degree view of the city. Kick back in a hammock and watch the world go by! I haven't found a motel in this country, yet, that offers such an amenity.

I also feel much more secure staying in those motels, knowing if there's a fire, the fire will be contained to that room and that room only. I don't have worry about being awakened some night that the whole building is on fire or a stray bullet piercing my bedroom wall. And if I had a concrete house here in Las Vegas I wouldn't worry so much about a fire starting up in the middle of the night.

I find them attractive largely because of the solidity of the construction.
And the house I had designed had curved walls on both sides of the house, and curved walls inside and it was designed to withstand an earthquake of 7 on the Richter scale. But that wouldn't do for Alaska, bearing that quake you had up there in 1964?

It's to each his own. There are pluses and minuses to both wood and concrete, but for me, concrete all the way!

Aren't we one of the few countries in the world that still builds with wood? I read that in China, no house is a house unless it's built with concrete.
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