urbanism – landscape – ideas – theory – whimsy

Bricoleur’s Habitat


A friend sent a link to this photo entitled “Redneck Mansion”. There’s a certain genius to the way this has been done (and the colours are fantastic) – it could almost be a Bricoleur’s version of Moshe Safdie’s Habitat in Montreal (and would cost a hell of a lot less). The staircases are even reminiscent of Montreal’s exterior walkup duplexes/triplexes/multiplexes.





Unfortunately (I might say), it turns out that the intriguing caravan-sculpture masterpiece is an Amsterdam theatre set from 2005 designed by Catherina Scholten for a production of Checkov’s Ivanov. What a great idea for a theatre set! I say unfortunately because part of me dearly wished that some inspired bricoleur out there had actually dreamed up and executed such a wonderful habitat – alas no!

Here you can see some of the audience:

Photo: HetGelaat

The original photo posted was by Elmer Kroese.

Thanks to Space & Culture for linking to adaptivereuse.net‘s discovery of the true origin of the photo and work.

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it’s good idea.. the best your photos.

[…] May 23, 2010 by neath Interesting way of sprucing up the slums, creating some local pride, and getting people to feel good about their community. Story here. Web site here. Would be nice to see that happen in Montreal. Perhaps start off at Habitat? Of course the internet being what it is I stumbled on to this which is a whole other story. […]

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