Architecture on Film: Koolhaas HouseLife / Gan Eden

24 September 2008 6.30pm

Koolhaas HouseLife

A documentary about Rem Koolhaas’ landmark house in Bordeaux as told through the routines and anecdotes of its cleaner, Guadalupe, in a series of wistful and humorous vignettes that bring the building to life. Offering an antidote to common representations of architecture devoid of people and function, the building becomes a character as the viewer enters the invisible bubble of the daily intimacy of an icon of contemporary architecture; moving rooms, leaky taps and all. The film has also been selected for inclusion in this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale. A short interview with Rem Koolhaas will be screened following the film.

France 2008 Dir. Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine 60 min.

Gan Eden

Gan Eden

Built for Hanover’s World EXPO 2000, MVRDV’s Dutch Pavilion was both a critique of consumer society and an example of environmentally sustainable architecture. Left standing and abandoned at the end of the expo, the pavilion has already fallen into disrepair. This short film from artist, Niklas Goldbach, charts two men wandering through this extremely contemporary ruin.

Germany 2006 Dir. Niklas Goldbach 10 min.