A trailer of a documentary “Integral Man” depicting the relationship between James Stuart, a mathematician / violinist and his “Integral House” designed by Shim-Sutcliffe Architects.
TitanPointe, a windowless skyscraper in downtown Manhattan that was found to be the NSA’s spy hub by the Snowden document. A documentary on this buildings designed to withstand nuclear explosions.
In the first episode of our new series, Fear and Love, made in collaboration with the Design Museum, British architect John Pawson walks us through his superb reimagining of the former Commonwealth Institute in London’s South Kensington, which this week opens as the new home of the Design Museum. Read more on NOWNESS – bit.ly/2gK5ccQ
Barbicania is a feature-length film capturing a month-long immersion in the life of the Barbican Centre and Estate in London, one of the most representative achievements of brutalist architecture.
The film, built as a personal diary, recounts on a daily basis what the directors duo has discovered during their urban trip from the top floors of the towers to the underground levels of the art centre.
Barbicania invites you to discover the personalities, lifestyle and architectural landscapes that make the Barbican so special. Drawing an intimate human map of the place, the film questions the durability of this utopia of the 50s.
“An original and clever cinematographic language which deeply innovates the architecture representation.” Icon Design
“Beka & Lemoine animate the fortress and turn the darkest building of London into a series of colourful short stories.” L’Espresso
“An intimate and lively filmic map of Barbican’s Brutalist masterpiece.” Domus
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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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In central Arizona there exists an experimental town called Arcosanti. It’s built on the principles of arcology, which combines architecture and ecology to envision a city that works in tandem with the Earth’s resources. In this short documentary, The Atlantic goes inside this distinctive urban space to understand how Arcosanti plans to reconstruct how humans envision cities.
Metric film about Mies Van Der Rohe
In order of appearance
Weissenhof Estate 1927
Barcelona Pavillon 1929
Villa Tugendhat 1930
Bauhaus 1930 (If you plan to visit, you can sleep in the former student room, a once in a lifetime experience)
George Washington Bridge 1927
Clip from Prelinger Archives – archive.org/
Farnsworth House 1951
860-880 Lake Shore Apartments
S.R. Crown Hall 1956
Neue Nationalgalerie 1968 (from 2015 to 2019 in renovation)
I also filmed the Aachen Cathedral, Seagram Building, Chicago Federal Center, Toronto-Dominion Center, One IBM Plaza, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library but I have chosen not to include the footage in the film.
Mies Van Der Rohe and Martin Gropius interview: “Bauhaus Reviewed, 1919-1933”
Thanks to Yulia for helping me with the filming.
Alexandre Favre 2012 -2015
Although Goose Creek Tower appears plucked from the pages of a children’s book, Phillip Weidner’s home is anything but fictional. When he’s not working as one of Alaska’s top trial attorneys, this DIY architect is building his “poem to the sky.”
アラスカの弁護士Phillip Weidnerが15年をかけてつくり続けてきた、木造家屋を積み上げたようなタワー「Goose Creek Tower」を紹介。
Six celebrated architects, including Bjarke Ingels, Liz Diller and Daniel Libeskind, here talk about what it’s like to build architecture that both matters and works in the iconic city of New York – from Ground Zero to The High Line.
“A building should not look like Lady Gaga,” says American architect Robert A.M. Stern (b. 1939), who feels that the city is made up of background and foreground buildings, and that it is important to learn how to let the buildings work together instead of isolating them.
Danish architect Bjarke Ingels (b. 1974) stresses how important it is to care about and understand the people one is designing for: “Architects need to re-insert architecture as something that people are interested in – not just architects – something that is important for society.”
“In a sense it was a non-site without ground to stand on.” American architect and founding partner of Snøhetta, Craig Dykers (b. 1961), talks about the challenging experience of building the 9/11 Memorial Museum Pavilion at Ground Zero.
According to American architect Thom Mayne (b. 1944), architecture is essentially “a way of thinking, exploring, inventing, making and participating in the world.”
American architect Liz Diller (b. 1954) discusses her fascinating project The High Line, which is a public park built on a historic freight rail line elevated plus 30 feet above the streets of Manhattan’s West Side.
“People stopped me: ‘Thank you Mr. Libeskind. You delivered what you promised’. They didn’t say anything else. They shook my hand. I thought that was the best compliment I could get.” Polish-American architect Daniel Libeskind (b. 1946) shares his personal story of getting to work on such a poignant project as Ground Zero.
The interviews can be watched in full length at channel.louisiana.dk/topics/architecture
All interviews by Marc-Christoph Wagner, Kasper Bech Dyg and Jesper Bundgaard/Out of Sync.
Produced by: Marc-Christoph Wagner
Edited by: Klaus Elmer
Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2016
Exploring American architect and educator Ray Kappe’s 4,000-square foot treetop abode in California for the latest In Residence.
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A film by Matthew Donaldson matthewdonaldson.com
I produced Architecture & Influence as part the Philip Johnson Glass House Oral History Project for use on their web site and in their visitor center. Working with Project Director, Dorothy Dunn, we interviewed Norman Foster, Michael Graves. Charles Gwathmey, Richard Meier, Jaquelin T. Robertson, Richard Rogers, Vincent Scully, and Robert A. M. Stern–individuals for whom Philip Johnson was mentor, sponsor, and friend. I was responsible for selecting excerpts from the oral history interviews, selecting imagery, and scripting and editing the program in collaboration with Dorothy Dunn.
Koolhaas Houselife portrays one of the masterpieces of contemporary architecture of recent years: the house in Bordeaux, designed by Rem Koolhaas / OMA in 1998.
The film lets the viewer enter into the daily intimacy of the house through the stories and daily chores of Guadalupe Acedo, the housekeeper, and the other people who look after the building. As we follow and interact with Guadalupe, an unusual and unpredictable look at the spaces and structure of the building opens up.
“Heartfelt, thought-provoking and hilariously funny.” The New York Times
“A thoroughly delightful film!” The Wall Street Journal
“A cult movie.” El Pais
“Magic.” Le Monde
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