Ghost house for guests

image from: http://freshome.com/2012/10/08/contemporary-art-gallery-in-france-with-an-odd-facade-guehost-house/

image from: http://freshome.com

It is delightfully ghoulish - with the appearance of dripping, oozing white slime overtaking a house.

image from: http://freshome.com/2012/10/08/contemporary-art-gallery-in-france-with-an-odd-facade-guehost-house/

image from: http://freshome.com

And that is in fact, almost what it is.

French artists Christophe Berdaguer and Marie Péjus have converted an old house in France into a visitor centre by giving it a ghostly cloak of polystyrene and paint.

- from: www.dezeen.com

Here’s what the old house looked like before the draping of the polystyrene:

image from: http://freshome.com/2012/10/08/contemporary-art-gallery-in-france-with-an-odd-facade-guehost-house/

image from: http://freshome.com

The austere structure formerly housed: 1) a prison, 2) a school, and then 3) a funeral home.

It is located in the village of Delme in North-Eastern France on the grounds of the Centre d’art Contemporain-La Synagogue de Delme. It is also used as a gallery, studio and can be rented out for special events.

Here is the helpless old house undergoing its artistic intervention:

image from: www.fancyhomedesign.net

image from: www.fancyhomedesign.net

As you can see in the project photos, the house was not actually draped in goo, rather, the creators used blocks of sculpted polystyrene to create the exterior shape, then covered the panels with resin and a layer of white paint to give it a fluid, seamless appearance.

image from: http://freshome.com/2012/10/08/contemporary-art-gallery-in-france-with-an-odd-facade-guehost-house/

image from: http://freshome.com

The futuristic “ghost-house” is a contemporary work of art, and as such, its creators have named it:

Gue(ho)st House

The name is a reference to the word-play coined by famed French artist Marcel Duchamp: “A GUEST + A HOST = A GHOST“.

image from: http://www.dezeen.com/2012/10/01/guehost-house-by-berdaguer-pejus/

image from: http://www.dezeen.com/2012/10/01/guehost-house-by-berdaguer-pejus/

It could also be interpreted as a glob of gooey melted marshmallows, but that’s a pretty lame interpretation. (The thought certainly never crossed my artistically educated mind.)

:)

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Sources:

http://www.dezeen.com/2012/10/01/guehost-house-by-berdaguer-pejus/

http://www.designboom.com/architecture/berdaguer-pejus-guehost-house/

http://freshome.com/2012/10/08/contemporary-art-gallery-in-france-with-an-odd-facade-guehost-house/

 

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