Résidence One – Nanterre

This film is an attempts to respond to the 2020 Venice Biennale’s theme ‘Living Together’, by exploring a new apartment building designed by Farshid Moussavi Architects. The two-screen film installation presents a tapestry of voices and points of view that paint a picture of the everyday at Résidence One.

Interviews with 9 residents of different ages, ethnicities and social standing are edited into an uninterrupted flow of thought. Rich imagery encompassing the unique building within its extraordinary context, creates a complex dialogue with the spoken word.
The two horizontal screens are positioned on top of each other enabling a juxtaposition between them, while at times one image is displayed across the two.

Timelapses of the building’s facade, visualising the intense occupation of the dwelling at different times of the day, express the sense of community which most of the residents cherish. On the other hand drone footage explores the odd relationship of corporate office towers, monumental public spaces and the cemetery that create the setting for Résidence One. Ultimately, the film-installation, along with the display of everyday objects, explores the individuals vastly differing awareness of architecture and the way the building nevertheless brings the residents together.


  • March 2021


  • Tapio Snellman


  • Aurelie Monsaingeon


  • Diego Pitarch


  • Farshid Moussavi Architects