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DECEMBER 16
Architecture + Film

The Bechtler will be screening Koolhaas HouseLife. Built in 1998, the Maison à Bordeaux by Rem Koolhaas. Reception at 6 p.m. Presentation and film at 7 p.m. Visit the Bechtler website for more information.

The house was designed to accommodate a man who was confined to a wheel chair after an automobile accident. Koolhaas describes the building as three houses because it has three separate sections layered on top of one another.

The middle section is a smaller glass room where the wheelchair bound resident has his private living area. The entire room is an elevator platform which rises and lowers to other levels of the house. Bookshelves line one wall of the elevator shaft.

The upper level has separate areas for the husband and wife and for their children.

Remment Lucas Koolhaas is a Dutch architect, architectural theorist, urbanist and “Professor in Practice of Architecture and Urban Design” at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, USA. Koolhaas studied at the Netherlands Film and Television Academy in Amsterdam, at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London and at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Koolhaas is the founding partner of OMA, and of its research-oriented counterpart AMO, currently based in Rotterdam, Netherlands. In 2005 he co-founded Volume Magazine together with Mark Wigley and Ole Bouman.

I’ll leave you with one final enticement to see this incredible film.

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