Koolhaas Houselife

2008 | FRANCE | 58 MINS.
Sponsored by Cibinel Architects Ltd 

Cinematheque, 100 Arthur Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba


Koolhaas Houselife investigates the area between artistic vision and practical use, looking at a contemporary architectural gem through the eyes of its cleaning lady, Guadalupe Acedo.

Rem Koohaas designed the Maison a Bordeaux in 1998 for Jean-Francois Lemoine, after a car accident confined Lemoine to a wheelchair. A large platform elevator rising through three levels of the house  helped make this place a favorite of architecture magazines, but the housekeeper as architectural critic shows us the everyday life of the house and the frustrations it can cause.

Rem Koolhaas founded OMA in 1975 together with Elia and Zoe Zenghelis and Madelon Vriesendorp. He graduated from the Architectural Association in London and in 1978 published Delirious New York: A Retroactive Manifesto for Manhattan. In 1995, his book S,M,L,XL summarized the work of OMA in “a novel about architecture.” He heads the work of both OMA and AMO, the research branch of OMA, operating in areas beyond the realm of architecture such as media, politics, renewable energy and fashion. Koolhaas has won several international awards including the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2000 and the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 2010 Venice Biennale. Koolhaas is a professor at Harvard University where he conducts the Project on the City.

The film has been released as a dvd-book, available on the film’s official website, www.koolhaashouselife.com

About the Filmmakers

Ila Bêka was born in Italy and lives in Paris. He is an architect, director and video-artist.
Louise Lemoîne was born in France and lives in Paris. She is a graduate in cinema and philosophy at the Paris Sorbonne.