Have you ever been walking down a bunch of steps–maybe carrying something that obscures your view– and you think there’s one more step, but there isn’t? That awkward/ miscalculated step feeling is what comes to mind when I look at this East Washington apartment building.

I’m no architect, but the scale of windows to siding here is disconcerting. There’s something that feels sort of Brazilian about it…like it’s been shaved down to the most bare and stark version of itself possible. I suppose the little wood ‘porch’ could be considered a landing strip, but the thing just looks wrong. Speaking of porch, I believe that’s a DISH protruding from its side–which kills my initial thought that the aluminum strip along the top might be to improve tv reception.

What could make this building more inviting? Thoughts?