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A house for René Magritte


René François Ghislain Magritte (21 November 1898 – 15 August 1967) was a Belgian Surrealist artist. He became well known for creating a number of witty and thought-provoking images. Often depicting ordinary objects in an unusual context, his work is known for challenging observers’ preconditioned perceptions of reality.

The design of a house for Rene Magritte is based on one of his main paintings called “The Treachery of Images”. Magritte painted The Treachery of Images when he was 30 years old. The picture shows a pipe, below the image Magritte painted: “Ceci n’est pas une pipe” French for: “This is not a pipe.”

“The famous pipe. How people reproached me for it! And yet, could you stuff my pipe? No, it’s just a representation, is it not? So if I had written on my picture “This is a pipe”, I’d have been lying!” Said, Magritte.

His statement is taken to mean that the painting itself is not a pipe, but merely an image of a pipe. Hence, the description. Relying on this approach to existence, we came up with the idea of designing a house which is not a real one! But on the other hand, designing a non-existing house resembling a true one!!

Team: Pourya Eghtesadi, Nahal Mohtashemi, Ramtin Taherian

Year: 2013


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