thomas schütte: holiday home for terrorists
 
thomas schütte: holiday home for terrorists thomas schütte: holiday home for terrorists
nov 30, 2012

thomas schütte: holiday home for terrorists

‘holiday home for terrorists’ by thomas schütte, mösern, austriaimage © nic tenwiggenhorn

 

 

hidden within the thick forest in mösern, western austria, on the quaint property of polish art dealer rafael jablonka, is the ‘holiday home for terrorists’by german artist thomas schütte. originally existing only as an architectural model, jablonka commissioned the model to be built on the propertyof his summer home. the dwelling seems to borrow from the famous farnsworth house, with two wooden planes separated by an inset glass wallthat wraps the entire plan. two sculptural concrete cores placed in the space help to hold up the roof structure as well as delineate different functions,with an integrated kitchen, fireplace, bathroom and bed. colored full-height curtains may be closed for privacy or opened to submerge the interior withsurrounding forest landscape. the simple contemporary home seems a quaint abode in a lovely setting, however this residence will never be lived in, or visited by anyone but the owner for that matter.

 

the project is architecture; it’s purpose, however, is art. schütte originally modeled this idea in response to the 9/11 attacks on the world trade centertowers, where he was astonished by how officials immediately looked to put blame on the architectural plans. the modern residence is ironicallya criticism on contemporary architecture, and as such, the owner has no intentions of moving in or opening it to the public, he only wants to keep it as full-scale art.

 

 

glass wall wraps the entire structureimage © nic tenwiggenhorn

 

 

image © nic tenwiggenhorn

 

 

colorful curtains can be drawn for privacyimage © nic tenwiggenhorn

 

 

entranceimage © nic tenwiggenhorn

 

 

wood interior and dining areaimage © nic tenwiggenhorn

 

 

sculptural concrete cores image © nic tenwiggenhorn

 

 

kitchen integrated into the coreimage © nic tenwiggenhorn

  • If this is art my name is Einstein. This is a scam to get around building permission in the middle of the Austrian country side! A house is not a house – it’s art! -I must remember that one!

    Dr Design says:
  • This space needs a christening
    needs a good dance of the spirits
    the incorporation to “stage” a performance
    a performance to emptiness
    to where no life will go
    to where no love will be shared
    to the hole into which civilization has taken the mind

    Paedra says:
  • Seems like a waste of money and resources, for a home which will never be occupied. Why not, in the name of fine art, create a beautiful, warm dwelling where people who do not have access to such things can live. This seems less like a criticism of modern architecture and more of a slap in the face for those less fortunate.

    Brian says:
  • Paedra, Well said!

    Sergio Stanislauskas says:
  • As Utah Phillips once sang, ” By Gawd, that’s moose turd pie, it’s good though.”

    Dan says:
  • I don’t get it.

    beble says:
  • If the dude owns the land he’s building on and has all the resources to do so, then let him building something only he can visit.

    thedude says:
  • I think Dan was much more eloquent and to the point- this guy IS an asshole…I’d love to live there..what about all the homeless people- this crap is more important???Big disconnect between the 1% and the rest of us. What an utter wretch of human being- I guess he is himself an unoccupied waste of space…..How many architects do we really NEED?

    Pasha says:
  • Space in between Tow Horizonlal slabs,… very modern… but see very little surroundings. Sad to see an architectural instrument missing that may gave a breezer?

    one says:
  • Yup. But don’t forget this is probably some of the smallest waste people ever did. If it’s art, it’s probably not the most expensive or useless piece of art either. And yes, this is where our world is now. People who afford to waste things are free to do so.
    Nevertheless I appreciate the spirit here, because architecture is not art and it should not be used as such. Architecture should indeed come with a strong sense of responsibility.

    andrei says:
  • “And the Bears can watch you crap”

    John says:
  • Extraordinary concept. Hardly a waste of materials “when people need warm homes”. It is better to try understanding the artist and his intent. It’s ART. With a powerful political message as great art often has. It is not a home. One could argue that all art however expensive is pointless or meaningless. This is the narrowest point of view. The artist’s job is not to succumb to despair, but to find an antidote for the emptiness of existence.However it is a gorgeous installation that could be a livable habitat if that was the artist’s intent.

    Craig Ayliffe says:
  • At least he is honest, I have seen so many buildings that can only live and be admired by magazine photographers!

    Claudia Turrent says:
  • i am a big fan of his work as un artist. this (art?)is so far away of what he does as a sculptor.

    kooten says:
  • My city is plenty of empty houses and there are more and more homeless. However, nobody is shocked. I cannot understand why people critize this project, when its purpose is explained in this page.

    Mercedes says:
  • A missed opportunity for stronger statement, to have included doors when there really was no need for them.

    Gordon Ryan says:

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