Stéphane Malka is known for guerrilla installations and parasitic architecture – in the past he has proposed a housing complex at the Arche de la Défense and student housing made from pallets affixed to a wall. He firmly believes that urban environments are ours to share so he based his career on transforming neglected city spaces into bizarre, recycled living spaces. His latest work is the amazing Bow-House in the Netherlands, which is designed as an open shelter where anyone can temporarily live, free of charge.
The Bow-House is based on a flexible system and it can be assembled in any public space with an empty wall. Ideal for nomads, this “graffitectural project” is a vertical extension of the property that adds a glazed and functional layer to an existing building. The home is made using scaffolding framework and salvaged windows and doors assembled into a random patchwork.
The Bow House spans two levels and a grassy open terrace, and its entrance is ironically not a door – but an open gap that welcomes anyone who passes by. Made from cheap, reclaimed and easy-to-assemble materials, the house is easy to replicate and encourages public participation as an act of resistance against ‘the laws of the marketplace and the commodification of construction.’
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The amazing Bow-House was featured at Malka’s recent book ‘Le Petit Pari(s)‘ (2014) and is part of the Cultura Nova Festival.
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