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Point of Origin: Building a House in Austria

21 March 2024 at 12:00 pm

Dave Barber Cinematheque, 100 Arthur Street


Directed by Franz Parthesius
2023, Switzerland, 45 minutes, English/German (with English subtitles)

An international tech entrepreneur purchases an impossibly narrow piece of steep mountain slope in Austria, where he grew up. The building site will only allow for a 4-meter-wide house. This challenge sparks the interest of well-known architect and founding partner of OMA Rem Koolhaas, but Rem has not built a private house since his acclaimed House in Bordeaux over 20 years ago. The building process was captured by photographer and filmmaker Frans Parthesius, using primarily a simple static security camera. Slowly, the house reveals itself as the film reveals clues about Koolhaas’s process and his reaction to the client.

Sponsored by Bockstael Construction.


The Dave Barber Cinematheque resides in the main floor lobby of Artspace. The main entrances at Arthur St. and King St. have automatic door push triggers. There are 9 to 10 steps from the entrance to the main lobby. The West side entrance of King St. has a wheelchair lift to access the main lobby. The lift measures 54’’ by 37’’ and has a maximum capacity of 340 kg.