Saturday, March 29, 2008

Koolhaas Houselife

A documentary of everyday life in a prize winning home through the eyes of the housekeeper. The 10 year old home, Maison à Bordeaux, was designed for a man bound to a wheelchair by award winning architect Rem Koolhaas. The Film seems to explore what it is like care for an architects vision.

The owner requested a home that would "show no visible evidence of his disability." Here is an excerpt from the blog Stories About Houses explaining how this home was commissioned:

"A wealthy married couple with three children lived in a very old and beautiful house in Bordeaux in France. For many years this family was thinking about building a new home, planning how it could be and wondering who the architect would be. Suddenly, the husband had a car accident and almost lost his life. Now he needs a wheelchair. The old beautiful house and the medieval city of Bordeaux had now become a prison for him. The family started to think about their new house again but this time in a very different way."

More coverage on the Documentary here and here.

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