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24H Architecture's walk on the wild side

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I enjoyed the Swedish cabin by 24H Architecture last week (AJ 14.10.04). However, I think it should come with a health warning as buildings like that could cause nightmares in children of a sensitive nature, frightened by the evidently zoomorphic form.

Not only does it have a snout and staring eyes, but even an intriguingly scaly skin. What could it be?

A rhinoceros crossed with a pangolin, perhaps? The author seems to have missed a vital reference to that well-known children's ditty The Teddy Bears' Picnic, with its opening line 'If you go down to the woods today, you're sure of a big surprise'. Or is it just that, as real wildlife becomes rarer, we have to compensate by investing our buildings with that air of mystery and menace previously embodied by our larger mammals?

Susanna Wilson, Nottingham

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