Written by Thomas Stellmach

Koolhaas Houselife

Koolhaas Houselife by Thomas Stellmach

koolhaas houselife

Still from “koolhaas houselife” (1998, BekaFilms)

I just stumbled over the website of koolhaas houselife, a movie about OMA’s villa Floriac in Boredaux (flickr images):

This is realized through the stories and daily chores of Guadalupe Acedo, the home’s caretaker and housekeeper, and the other people who look after the building. Following and interacting with Guadalupe, blooms an unusual and unpredictable look at the spaces and structure of the building.

This approach is in stark contrast to the usual clinical clutter-free and people-less depiction of architecture on the one hand. On the other hand it shows us a building not in it’s new (idealised) state, but after some years of use, when small adaptations have been made, some details proved to work well and others fail: the design is confronted with human use, the structure became a home. In Koolhaas words (video after the break):
“You see here two systems colliding: the platonic conception of cleaning and the platonic conception of architecture”.


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