Add this to the strangely long list of architecture made of books: Your House, a 908-page, laser-cut book that lets readers "build" a scaled replica of the Copenhagen home owned by its creator, Olafur Eliasson. The Icelandic-Danish artist—better known for large-scale installation work—uses the pages to depict the negative space left by the windows and rooms of his turn-of-the-twentieth-century "Nordic Romantic" home—he even manages to carve out the subtle texture of the walls and ceilings. According to Eliasson's official website, each page represents 2.2 cm (that's less than an inch) of the actual home, creating "a mental and physical narrative," for the reader. The project was completed in 2006, though only 225 copies of the book were printed—and 140 of those are on reserve for members of the Library Council of The Museum of Modern Art. The other 85? Sold out, but they were going for $3,500. The video tour, however, is free, so go on and take a look.
Olafur Eliasson, Your House, 2006 from Studio Olafur Eliasson on Vimeo.
· Your House: A Laser Cut Book by Olafur Eliasson [Apartment Therapy]
· Olafur Eliasson [official site]
· Olafur Eliasson, Your House, 2006 [MoMA]