Windows House

image I just saw this on J-Walk Blog. A picture of a house painted to look like Microsoft Windows (click the thumbnail to enlarge). It would be cute if someone actually did this to their house. But in this particular case, I don't think the house in the picture is real. The compression blurring around the letters and icons is pretty obvious. I'm guessing that the lime-green coloring of the house is also fake. You can't see the license plates on the cars, so it's impossible to know in what country this house is located. But it definitely appears to be in Europe somewhere.
Update: The bottom-right word on the house is 'Modien'. What language is that?


Posted on Sun Feb 20, 2005


Alex, actually the word is "medien" and it is German for media.
Posted by StnMchn  on  Sun Feb 20, 2005  at  11:46 AM
The bricks on the house at the left edge of the picture look slightly odd as well. If the 'house' is in fact a shop which sells computer components - the sign above the big doors suggests this - then it's perhaps possible that the image was created for advertising purposes, perhaps.
Posted by Ashley Pomeroy  on  Sun Feb 20, 2005  at  01:34 PM
A couple of pop-up ads here and there would look more natural... AND THE DUSTY'S ADS
Posted by Hairy Houdini  on  Sun Feb 20, 2005  at  07:31 PM
I have seen this pick before on a site from Holland.
Posted by PoorSucker  on  Mon Feb 21, 2005  at  04:34 AM
Posted by PoorSucker  on  Mon Feb 21, 2005  at  04:35 AM
Posted by Maegan  on  Mon Feb 21, 2005  at  07:20 AM
I don't think it's a house, it looks more like a business of some sort to me.

They even chose Windows 98. Ick.
Posted by PlantPerson  on  Mon Feb 21, 2005  at  08:52 AM
The house looks like a lot I saw in Germany, not the paintwork but the style. I think it is a Bauhause (sp?) from the early 20th century. Mass produced housing for "the workers" started by a socialist movement and taken over by comercial interests. The language fits also since the style was almost exclusively in Germany. However, if it is Dutch, the language wouldn't too much of a problem as Dutch and German are very similar much like Spanish and Portugese. If it is real, then there is probably a store on the ground floor and apartments on the other floors. And considering some of the wacky buildings in America, why not this? It beats a motel of teepees or igloos, or a hat shaped nightclub, or hot dog shaped fast food places.
Posted by Christopher Cole  on  Mon Feb 21, 2005  at  05:13 PM
I think the compression blurring is actually just due to the jpg image of the house itself being fairly low-res, so that the high-contrast areas and the 'type' are blurred. Thats a fairly standard thing that happens with images saved at low size. I work with JPEG pictures all day for my job (yes, I know, its a tragedy), and I have to say I think the picture looks fairly legit to me, particularly the lime green wall colour. Could be for an ad though, I guess.
Posted by Dylan  on  Wed Feb 23, 2005  at  04:14 AM
Nah, it ain't Dutch.. The number plates on the cars are white (right?), the ones over here are yellow. And Medien in Dutch is just media.
Posted by Cal  on  Tue Mar 01, 2005  at  09:44 AM
The home is real, it's in Germany. There is a computer shop on the ground floor, and the owners own the building.
Posted by Jake  on  Wed Mar 30, 2005  at  06:27 AM
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