Some of the ideas that guided Rirkrit Tiravanija’s constructed “space-stage” in the 2006 Walker exhibition OPEN-ENDED (the art of engagement) are behind his new home, an experimental modernist house in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Designed by the young Thai architect (and Tiravanija’s former student) Aroon Puritat, the project, like Rirkrit’s stage, provided a basic framework on which the architect and the artist’s other collaborators could create. This art was dubbed “relational aesthetics” by theorist Nicholas Bourriaud, because it prizes relationships over aesthetics. The architecture, however, seems to cherish both values equally.“The house was born from a plan without a plan,” writes Sant Suwatcharapinun in the Thai magazine art|4|d. “The only requests were to retain, as much as possible, all the trees on the property, to install a bedroom, bathroom, a sitting and relaxation area, living room, kitchen, a work room for his artistic pursuits and a photography studio for his wife Annette Aurell, a photographer from New York.”Beyond that there were no budgetary or conceptual restrictions — other than not obscuring views for Tiravanija’s family or his neighbors. The resulting home — a U-shaped construction of glass and concrete, with wood and polished concrete floors, plus tile and lighting designed by area artists — reminds the author of Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona Pavilion, out of context in the northern Thai city of Chiang Mai.