“It had rained earlier, and the fragmented, light-filled clouds worked off each other.” —Teju Cole1 What makes one housing building better than another? The common answers may include the quality of spaces, natural lightning, accessibility, size of the rooms, and so forth. Rarely we would think on the word “rain.” But what would happen if the rain was let inside? Of course it could be a total mess, but at the same time, different types of stories, other forms of life can emerge. 110 Rooms by MAIO Architects, a twenty-two-unit housing block in Barcelona from 2016, is evidence of the potential for relating to and living with architecture otherwise, and not just because the first thing one perceives when walking into the building could be either bright sunlight or heavy rain dancing among a field of colorful, sculptural forms, depending on the conditions outside. Not even Raimund Abraham mentioned “rain” in his 1972 poem “The elements of the house,” where he states that a house is the junction of elements, including dreams, illusions, conflicts, absurdity, earth, flames, clouds, rivers, the wind, the sun, the stars, transparencies, transcendence, among many others. 110 Rooms not on...