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Every Pole’s dream is an own house – typical, contemporary or traditional – that defines one’s identity, shows ambition or fabricates family history. All those dreamt Polish houses have one common element – an excessive gabled roof that covers not only single-family homes, but also multi-story blocks (!).
The gabled roof is an archetype of a house and therefore an ultimate aspiration of a statistical Pole. That is why we decided to arrange the Warsaw Under Construction exhibition within that structure – so it critically comments on the exhibited content. Formal additions (skylights, bay or ox-eye windows, towers) to the roof’s simple form recall Polish urban landscape (while serving as display niches).
The main structure used the same materials as regular roof construction: wooden beams impregnated with a green varnish. The use of cardboard as a facade material emphasized low-quality, superficial character of constructing the identity through building a big ‘fancy’ house.
Besides working on a spatial arrangement of the festival exhibition, BUDCUD designed ‘The Fortune Wheel’ installation – a real estate game, where visitors can spin the wheel to play a developer, a flat owner, a tenant or a social housing beneficiary. The moving board connected to wheel could compose the exhibition title: ‘Home at last’.