Point of Origin: Building a House in Austria

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  • Directed by Franz Parthesius
  • 2023Switzerland45 minutesEnglish/German (with English subtitles)

An international tech entrepreneur purchases an impossibly narrow piece of steep mountain slope in Austria, where he grew up. The building site will only allow for a 4-meter-wide house. This challenge sparks the interest of well-known architect and founding partner of OMA Rem Koolhaas, but Rem has not built a private house since his acclaimed House in Bordeaux over 20 years ago. The building process was captured by photographer and filmmaker Frans Parthesius, using primarily a simple static security camera. Slowly, the house reveals itself as the film reveals clues about Koolhaas’s process and his reaction to the client.

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