Carmody Groarke: On Haus Rucker's Cover Installation, 1971

Carmody Groarke, On Haus Rucker's Cover Installation, 1971, model – Drawing Matter

Carmody Groarke (*2006), Kevin Carmody (*1974) and Andy Groake (*1971), On Haus Rucker's Cover Installation, 1971, 2018. Traavertine.


Our interest in Haus-Rucker-Co’s drawing lies less in the technological implications that created the artificial environment and focusses instead on the spatial tension created between Mies van der Rohe's Haus Lange and the heart-shaped bubble that surrounds it. The drawing removes reference to the context, within and outside the villa, forming on a new environment that frames the building as an object.

The form of our model interprets the importance of this new space. It creates a solid impression of the space in between the Haus Rucker's external envelope and the planar surfaces of the villa itself.

The materiality of the model draws from the travertine detailing of Haus Lange and forms a counterpoint to the ephemeral and ethereal qualities of Haus-Rucker-Co’s inflatable skin. The heart-shaped model is left upturned revealing the volumetric imprint of the villa, while giving the architectural idea an object-like quality.

– Carmody Groarke

Click here to see Carmody Groarke's inspiration by Mies alongside Haus Rucker's original; here to return to the curatorial statement for Alternative Histories; and here to see a full list of participants and models as they emerge.