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The 2008 edition of the Venice Architecture Biennale is noteworthy because, along with other things, a 58' long independent movie was presented by an enigmatic film production company, BêkaFilms. Protagonist of the film was the Maison à Bordeaux, a physical manifestation of Koolhaas' idea of a house as a machine for living, while the narration adopted the point of view of the personnels in charge of the household chores. The success was roaring. Even though not unprepared, hardly ever the authors of the movie could have imagined to which extent this film was going to be a proper blockbuster or that with "Koolhaas houselife" Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine were going to achieve notoriety for being one of the most ironic, wry and iconoclast couple of authors of the last few years. "Koolhaas houselife" describes what it is like to maintain a building which we are used to seeing on the glossy pages of architecture magazines. The daily routine of the maid Guadalupe Acedo - who after this film became a sort of architectural folk hero - is not as easy as it may seem, and the building is not as solid as it should be. By chosing to look at the building through the eyes of the man of the street, Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine make use of the defamiliarization device which rips apart more than one cliché on design. By doing so they bring contemporary architecture and its social practices into question. After the success of "Koolhaas Houselife", Bêka and Lemoine inaugurated the "Living architectures" series, which spares no deities of the architectural Olympus: "Pomerol, Herzog & De Meuron" on Herzog & De Meuron's dinehall in Pomerol, "Xmas Meier" on Richard Meier's church in Rome, "Gehry's Vertigo" on Frank Gehry's Guggenheim museum in Bilbao, and "Inside Piano" on Renzo Piano's B&B Italian offices in Novedrate, Italy, IRCAM building in Paris, and Fondation Bayeler in Basel. The success of those movies launched BêkaFilms as the most esteemed architecture video-makers of the last few years. Even Koolhaas who was the object of their sarcasm in their first movie must have been been impressed by their style since more recently they were requested by OMA and Prada Foundation to produce the movie "25 bis" (2013) on Auguste Perret's 25 rue Franklin building, to be shown in the context of the exhibition on the French architect held at Palais d'Iéna in Paris. In 2014 they participated in the Venice Architecture Biennale with a double documentary about the scandal of the unfinished buildings on Maddalena island (Italy). In the same year, they completed the movie "24 heures sur place", a documentary on the renovation of Place de la République in Paris designed by TVK studio; as well as the documentary "Barbicania" produced for the Barbican Center in London. They are currently working on a movie on "8 house", the project designed by BIG | Bjarke Ingels Group in Copenhagen.

Clips by BêkaFilms

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Gehry's Vertigo (trailer)
Duration clock dark 02:59 min

Gehry's Vertigo (trailer)

Published on Nov 18, 2014