Koolhaas Houselife

While on the topic of buildings that don’t always function the way we want them to, I was reminded of the quite hilarious 2008 documentary Koolhaas Houselife, in which a housekeeper talks about the difficulties of cleaning one of Koolhaas’ houses. Segments of the trailer above and below. Koolhaas says below “You see two systems colliding, the systems of the platonic conception of cleaning with the platonic ideal of architecture. It’s not necessarily daily life confronting an exceptional structure; it’s two ideologies confronting each other.” Which may be true but also sounds like a bit of a dodge. It’s an exceptional structure, but you do still have to clean it. The DVD and an accompanying book are here.

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2 Responses to “Koolhaas Houselife”

  1. Erica Says:

    Wow — that looks like a major hassle to live in, never mind clean. What if you had cats? Maybe you aren’t allowed to have cats in that house. Are there stairs? I’m so intrigued. I went to my library catalog to see if they had the book or the movie. The library catalog search tool asked “Do you mean koalas?” and returned no results.

  2. ian Says:

    Another fine recommendation. Thank you.

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