guided tour among those who have placed people and ecology at the heart of their homes


After a first season of nine episodes, launched by Apple TV+ in April 2020, the documentary series Home has just been completed with a second part of ten episodes. Umpteenth program to travel the world in search of the most spectacular and amazing houses, Home resembles, a priori, the BBC series, The Most Extraordinary Houses in the World, taken over by Netflix (which removed it from its catalog on June 30).

Like the latter, Home gives a voice to the architects who design these houses, but they are all the more at the center of the discussion as they are generally the users. Other added value: Home relies more on people, ecology, rehabilitation or expansion of existing buildings, self-sufficiency and ingenuity of constructions of various sizes and budgets (entry level: 3D printed houses for families poor Mexicans).

Of particular note, in the inaugural episodes of season 1 (“Sweden”, with a Mediterranean greenhouse built around a log cabin) and season 2 (the Hourré farm, in Labastide-Villefranche, in the Pyrenees- Atlantiques), how the two houses in question constitute a family setting that takes into account the respective needs of an autistic son and a severely handicapped daughter.

Ecological Catechism

In Amsterdam (season 2, ep. 6), the “House of Three Generations” brings together a couple of architects, their children and the grandparents, articulating the private spaces so that they can communicate while avoiding promiscuous unwanted. In Chicago (season 1, ep. 2), Theaster Gates manages to combine his work as a visual artist and the redevelopment of a drifting neighborhood to address the priority of the local African-American community.

The “Longhouse” house in Daylesford, Australia (season 2, ep. 7), is a kind of very long shed implanted (or rather posed) in the middle of the countryside. One of its two owners speaks of its crossing as a ” travel “, and this row of self-sufficient living spaces would almost make one think of the infinitely rotating train from the film Snowpiercer, the Snowpiercer (2013), by Bong Joon-ho: the building combines private and professional spaces, greenhouses, gardens, kitchen, barn, cowshed, garage, etc.

In Iceland (season 2, ep. 4), a disused cement factory has been rehabilitated. Its owner and architect, who kept it in its own juice, made it an extreme building, yet comfortable, planted in front of a fjord with sublime sunsets. It’s terribly snobbish, but we would spend a few days there…

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