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The Rolling House for the Rolling Society

Andrés Jaque / Office for Political Innovation

Home is the place where you meet otherness.


This colorful gaze into the private everyday life of the contemporary "rolling citizen" shines a spotlight on the widespread phenomenon of the shared dwelling, an invisible urbanism of temporary living, to make a revolutionary reflection about the design of housing, its target and main objectives.

In this playful animation - made out of the assembly and whimsical manipulation of two-dimensional images -, Andrés Jaque Architects and the Office for Political Innovation show the genesis of their "Rolling House" project - a prototype for shared housing - and its social and political implications, which serve as the main inspiration of the design. On a global scale - from Venice, Italy, to Tokyo, Japan -, the Spanish architects' provocative vision aims at transforming a space, which was traditionally private and destined to impose politically correct - but no longer valid - concepts of "family" and "house", into a place of transit and a public arena of shared needs and community living.

The project's prototype was presented for the first time in 2009 and implemented as part of CASA BARCELONA Construmat, with the support of the Mies van der Rohe Foundation.

Authors icon Credits

Architect: Andrés Jaque / Office for Political Innovation
Mentioned project: prototype presented at the Construmat Casa Barcelona exhibition (Spain, 2009)

Spain 2009
Duration: 6'08''

Selected for HAUNTED HOUSES (Rome; September 2014), a public talk and architectural video screening curated by Image for MAXXI.