Koolhaas Houselife

The first time I saw, in Abitare, the story of Guadalupe Acedo, the housekeeper of OMA's House in Bordeaux, France designed for a wheelchair-bound client, I was intrigued by the focus on the housekeeper and the chores she must do to keep the house and its well-known mechanisms in a reasonable state after the occupant's death.

Koolhaas Houselife, the film by Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine that presents the story of Guadalupe is part of an upcoming exhibition at the Storefront for Art and Architecture, On Mock-ups, Home Videos and Housekeeping: a video exhibition in 3 parts, running from March 25 to May 3 (the Guadalupe portion will run from April 3 to the exhibition's close).

Here's a couple trailers from the filmmaker's blog.


  1. Incredible!! I was watching this when suddenly I remmbered Jacques Tati... all the technology, the kind of music... and, hey presto! His film comes up! Very good!

  2. So when the dog's severed head thunks upon the basement floor, and he raises an eyebrow at the chalk outlines of the former children, half-faded upon the surface of the earth but never faded in his memory... he closes his eyes for the last time, and as his jaw slacks, out falls a 2-inch section of wheelchair brake cable. Does that qualify as "the anticlimax as denouement?"

    Just wondering.

  3. wow, even in bordeaux the housekeepers are all named Guadalupe?? i wish we could have avoided that stereotype.

    but i love the Tati ref... it also reminded me of "the way things go", a great 30-minute un-narrated rube goldberg contraption video.

    architecture porn at its very best. can't wait to see the whole thing at storefront.

  4. must be the videos were taken down? www.foxdesignstudio.com


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