Maison à Bordeaux

A wealthy family lived in an old, beautiful house in Bordeaux. After a car accident the father was left paralyzed, barely able to talk and bound to a wheelchair. The old house became impracticable and the family decided to have a new house built. They bought a terrain on a hillside not far from the Garonne river with a panoramic view over the city and approached the Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas in 1994 with the commission – rather counter-intuivitely – to design a complex building.