OE House / Chicago Biennale 2017

Lars Müller Publishers
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Chicago Architecture Biennale 2017, 2017
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Fake Industries Architectural Agonism’s OE House, designed with Aixopluc, demonstrates an interest in the image and material practices of replicating and recombining existing architectural forms as a design approach. The OE House is conceived as the montaging of two image precedents seen in the framed collage. The first image is Pierre Koenig’s 1959 Stahl House; famously staged by architectural photographer Julius Schulman, it captures the expansive optimism and openness of the lifestyle promoted by Arts & Architecture magazine’s Case Study House Project, of which this photo was a part. The second image depicts Le Corbusier’s 1954–1956 Maisons Jaoul in Neuilly-sur-Seine, a French house that borrowed the masonry vaulting from Catalan vernacular traditions. The two photos and the buildings they showcase were key in the broader distribution of an imagery of modernism, circulated in print magazines and advertising, a process that embedded the logic of replicating certain effects and atmospheres in culture at large. For FAKEAA and Axiopluc, these images also serve an opportunistic function by fulfilling the clients wishes for two ways of living in one house: the exposed and the introverted. The design itself was a cross between two industrialized translations of rural construction typologies: a masia (traditional Catalan rural home) and a peasant’s storehouse. The original montage was displayed alongside a video that showed the house in two states: the beginning of construction and after completion.
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