A private residence in Bordeaux, France, designed by architect Rem Koolhaas / OMA in 1994 and completed in 1998 is the focus of a 58-minute film by Italian-French independent film production company BêkaFilms. Directed by architect and filmmaker Ila Bêka and art and architecture writer Louise Lemoîne, Koolhaas HouseLife isn't about Maison à Bordeaux's design or structure; rather, it's about the ways in which those who are charged with its upkeep interact with the house.
Viewers are immersed in the house's unique features and functions as its caretaker and housekeeper, Guadalupe Acedo, and others go through their daily chores and share their stories. View two charming and delightful trailers from the film, as well as a clip from an interview with Rem Koolhaas at www.koolhaashouselife.com/html/trailers.html.
The documentary has been exhibited and screened around the world, including at the 2008 La Biennale di Venezia in the exhibit Out There: Architecture Beyond Building. It was released in September 2008 in DVD format with an accompanying 200-page book that is now in its third edition. The DVD also includes an extra 10-minute interview with Rem Koolhaas. Koolhaas HouseLife was shot in French but is subtitled in English, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and Japanese. The book and DVD are available for purchase only through the film company or select bookstores.
Koolhaas Houselife is the first in a series of four films by BêkaFilms exploring the impact of contemporary architecture on people's daily lives. The other films in the "Living Architectures" series focus on a church in Rome designed by Richard Meier, FAIA; several dining halls for grape-pickers at California and Bordeaux vineyards designed by Herzog & de Meuron Architekten; and the Frank Gehry, FAIA-designed Guggenheim Museum of Bilbao, Spain. DVD/book packages of these films have not yet been released.