Tonight: Koolhaas HouseLife premieres at the Ontario College of Art & Design

The Toronto Society of Architects (TSA) and the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD) present the Ontario premiere of Koolhaas HouseLife, a film that has received excellent reviews wherever it has been shown including the Venice Biennale in 2008 and at other venues in Europe and North America.


Koolhaas HouseLife takes as its subject one of the recent masterpieces of contemporary architecture: The House in Bordeaux designed in 1998 by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Rem Koolhaas/OMA. Unlike most movies about architecture, this feature focuses less on explaining the building, its structure and its virtuosity than on letting the viewer enter into the invisible bubble of the daily intimacy of an architectural icon. This experiment presents a new way of looking at architecture and broadens the field of its representation.


Like any house, the House in Bordeaux is a place of plurality with all its chaos, its wear and tear, and its changes. The work of documentary filmmakers Ila Beka and Louise Lemoîne offers us a portrait of the real and changing vitality of one of those monuments that we believe are immortal. 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.


Ada Louise Huxtable described Koolhaas HouseLife in the Wall Street Journal as “a small, smart, gently ironic, thoroughly delightful film that offers an affectionate but unflinching look at the everyday life of a contemporary architectural masterpiece – or what happens to a celebrate building after the photographers are gone.”


Following the film is a 10-minute on-screen interview with Rem Koolhaas.


This film premieres at 7:30pm in the auditorium of the Ontario College of Art & Design, located at 100 McCaul Street in Toronto.


Everyone is welcome. General admission is $10, but is free to OCAD faculty, students, staff, and to members of the Toronto Society of Architects. Seating is limited.

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