The Infinite Happiness is a highly unusual architectural experience. The film takes us to the heart of one of the contemporary housing developments considered to be a new model of success: the giant “8 House” designed in 2009 by Danish architects BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group in the suburbs of Copenhagen.
Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine recount their month-long immersion inside this experiment of vertical village, nominated “World best residential building” in 2011.
As a Lego game, the film builds up a collection of life stories all interconnected by their personal relation to the building. Drawing the lines of a human map, the film reveals the building through an inner and intimate point of view. By showing the surprising results of this innovative social model, the directors question the architecture’s ability to create collective happiness.
“An ode to the social power of architecture!” Der Standard
““So original, so vivid and witty. Beka and Lemoine bring the gods down to earth.” Der Tagesspiegel
“Wonderful! Blessedly free of the customary documentary trappings.” Chicago Tribune
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BSI Swiss Architectural Award 2014 / winner — José María Sánchez García, Spain
This video was shooted with a Canon 5D Mark II in Alange (Badajoz, Spain) in June 2014, as a collaboration with the architecture photographer Enrico Cano (enricocano.it).
The aim was to show the building in its complexity and with the surrounding environment, to document the project of José María Sánchez García during the exhibition of BSI Swiss Architectural Award 2014 (bsi-swissarchitecturalaward.ch).
Architect: José María Sánchez García, Spain (jmsg.es)
Architecture: Rowing Centre (2008-2010)
South Kilburn Estate which is located in Kilburne in northern London where Alison Brooks Architects conducts redevelopment. Designers and residents talk about 44 apartment houses completed in the first phase of the project.