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Mole and Ellis-Miller lost in Black hole


Is Jonathan Ellis-Miller one of your mates? For the third time we are treated to a photograph of his black humour (Letters, AJ 21.10.04).

Does life have to be this sad?

No wonder architects are not used by developers who produce the dismal backdrop of your 26.8.04 feature. The Black House (incidentally, designed by Mole Architects - Ed) layout fails in the most basic ways.

What looks like a front door actually isn't - it's 300mm above ground. Is it an emergency escape insisted upon by the building control officers? The disabled risk their lives with the unguarded steep ramp.

Inside the house, if you are not trapped by the bizarre door swings in the lobby, you are stuffed into the narrow passage to the stairs - and where is the disabled-access WC?

Even a cup of coffee on the bedside table of the main bedroom has a dangerous life, because of the door swing.

On the top floor the headroom over the stairs seems to not meet the Building Regulations for height, and it even looks as if they've used those awful splayed architraves.

The only consolation is that Jonathan informs us that he has moved. Please don't show the house again, even to illustrate this letter.

Nicholas Blake, Canterbury

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