Stills from Mon Oncle by Jaques Tati (1958)
Stills from Mon Oncle by Jaques Tati (1958)

The House like MySelf // The class @ IED

Mon Oncle by Jaques Tati (1958)

Upon the corner of a street of Elsinore, near the harbor, there stands a dignified old gray house, built early in the eighteenth century, and looking down reticently at the new times grown up around it. Through the long years it has been worked into a unity, and when the front door is opened on a day of north-north-west the door of the corridor upstairs will open out of sympathy. Also when you tread upon a certain step of the stair, a board of the floor in the parlor will answer with a faint echo, like a song.

Karen Blixen, The Supper at Elsinore, in “Seven Gothic Tales”

Design of a domestic landscape as a metaphor of life to be realized inside a virtual cube of 5 x 5 x 5 meters that is intended to accommodate any real, surreal, illusory, paradoxical activity of human existence. In addition to the reflection on the space itself, the House as Myself is required to be in a declared landscape/context.

For example, one could design…

the sunflower house that follows the sun or not
the observatory/horizon house
the house of the stars
the musician’s house
the house of the dancer
the painter’s house
the house of Prevert
the house of the climber
the house of Perec
the house of Jacques Tati
the transportable house
the house in a suitcase
the house in the space
the house that is not there
the house for the little prince
the suspended house
the house of …


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Brief for the DESIGN 1 Class – English at IED Design Roma a.a. 2022/2023
by Daniele Mancini


// What is

UNPACKED Studio is a professional practice based in Rome (Italy) operating within the traditional fields of architecture and urban planning but also interested in exploring the contemporary through other creative approaches.

// What we do

UNPACKED Studio provides services in the fields of Design, Communication, Architecture, Urban Planning, Participatory Process, Innovative Education and Research.

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// Mission

UNPACKED Studio is a common ground for speculations over cross-fertilizing projects involving several professionals from diverse disciplines. We like experimenting cutting-edge approaches between digital and analog.

// Who we are

UNPACKED Studio has been founded by Daniele Mancini and Irene Rinaldi, both architects and educators.

Daniele Mancini is Ph.D. in Theory of Architecture. He worked in France at Jakob+ MacFarlane Architects and in The Netherlands at Wiel Arets Architects. He is currently involved in teaching activities at IED Istituto Europeo di Design di Roma.

Irene Rinaldi worked in Spain at De La Puerta Architects and in Italy at Schiattarella Associati where participated to the design of Italian Pavillon for the Japan Expo 2005 in Aichi (Nagoya)

UNPACKED Studio started in January 2005 thanks to the Young Entrepreneurs European funds “Sviluppo Italia”.