Segments in this Video

"Delirious New York" (02:36)


For their home amid separate stone houses in an exclusive neighborhood of Saint-Cloud near Paris, the B family commissioned Dutch architect, Rem Koolhaas, known for his modern ideas.

Underground Rooms (02:54)

The B family wanted two buildings on the site, a glass house placed in a garden and a swimming pool. The long, narrow house accommodates the sloping ground.

Family Apartments (02:47)

Aluminum siding on an extended box supported by pillars is red. Koolhaas notes the narrow base and slim pillars. Each of the aluminum sided boxes contains an apartment for family members.

Living Spaces (02:40)

The second level is one long glass box with sliding glass doors to the garden. The street side houses functional spaces, an entrance, and a kitchen and dining room separated by a translucent screen.

Essence of Modernity (03:07)

Koolhaas notes houses that define modern architecture, but aspires to rise above the banal. Those in the Villa favor privacy and independence.

Neighborhood Objections (02:47)

The site contained by walls was anti-modern, and close neighbors objected to the plan. Semi-transparent glass walls, bamboo panels and curtains appeased the neighbors.

Rooftop Swimming Pool (04:42)

The transparent nature of the glass box absorbs the surroundings. The swimming pool supported by thick columns and located on the roof acts like a girder.

Koolhaas' Accomplishment (01:26)

It took nine years to realize the different requirements and overcome problems, but the B family happily occupies the house.

Credits: The Villa Dall'Ava: Architectures—Achievements in Modern Architecture (00:30)

Credits: The Villa Dall'Ava: Architectures—Achievements in Modern Architecture

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Rem Koolhaas's Villa dall'Ava, built between 1985-1991, became a fantastical imaginative enterprise in the bourgeois Paris suburb of Saint-Cloud. The narrow sloping site contains two glass and aluminum buildings united by a rooftop pool. Despite the anti-modern site surrounded by traditional stone homes, the architect managed to meet the clients' requirements for privacy and independence while opening the house to the garden.

Length: 24 minutes

Item#: BVL65357

ISBN: 978-1-60057-667-6

Copyright date: ©1995

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