Frank Lloyd Wright, legendary American architect and genius mind behind the Organic Architecture philosophy, once said :
« The mother Art is Architecture. Without an Architecture of our own we have no soul of our own civilization. ”
This quote resonated within me while I explored the city of Chicago in the summer of 2014. Wandering those streets with my camera and a tripod, I felt a sort of peacefulness that I wasn’t expecting to find in this temple of concrete and corporate business. I witnessed a natural harmony between the architecture, the environment, and the human beings spread across the city. It was summer; the beaches that line Lake Michigan were packed like seaside resorts and Chicagoans were sunbathing on their boats or playing volleyball on the sand. Everything looked surreal and so very different from the Chicago I expected to encounter. But just a few blocks away from the lakefront was the heart of the Loop—Chicago’s downtown and financial district—where lawyers, stock traders, and office workers walked alongside tourists beneath the mythical tracks of the elevated transit lines. The ‘L’, as those lines are called in the Chi, runs through and around the Loop, next to the city’s tallest buildings, which stand strong, high, and proud. That’s one thing that struck me in the Windy City—each edifice had its own style and identity, yet they combined to form blocks and tableaux that made you feel the genuine soul emanating from each neighborhood. Using the 2.35 aspect ratio and perspective, I tried to frame these endless skyscrapers and towers as if they were part of original sketches, and by doing so I hope to pay tribute to the great architects and designers behind some of the most iconic buildings in Chicago.
Directed, Shot & Edited by Kevin Couliau
Color Grading : Fred Fleureau
Motion Design : Charly Jacquette
Sound by Benzene Music
Music by Rawman
Sound Design & Mix by Loic Canevet
Supervision : Benjamin Desplanques
Location Scout : Caroline Blaise
Shot on a Canon 5D Mark III with a 17-40mm f4 and a 70-200mm 2:8 IS II on a Manfrotto 190CX Pro 3 tripod.
– In Order of Appearance –
1. Tribune Tower / John Howells & Raymond Hood, 1925
2. Aon Center / Edward Durell Stone, 1973
3. Bp Bridge / Frank Gehry, 2004
4. John Hancock Center / Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, 1969
5. Aqua / Studio Gang, 2009
6. The Loop / CTA, 1895
7. Lake Point Tower / Schipporeit-Heinrich Associates, Graham, Anderson, Probst & White, 1968
8. The Parkshore / Barancik Conte, 1991
9. Navy Pier Ferris wheel / George Washington Gale Ferris Junior, 1983
10. 500 Lake Shore Drive / Solomon Cordwell Buenz, 2013
11. South Pond Pavilion / Studio Gang, 2010
On the run up to the Stirling Prize, 2016, The Architect’s Journal takes a look into the six nominated buildings, with interviews from the architects.
“The Blavatnik School of Government will become a global centre of excellence for the study of government and public policy. The School’s aim is to teach the practice of government and leadership in ways which will strengthen communities, create opportunities and foster cooperation across the world. The School offers Oxford University a new way to contribute to the world” Blavatnik School of Government Brochure.
Such a vision requires a specific response and building.
Herzog & de Meuron’s starting point is from the inside, from the heart of the building, the Forum. This space cuts through the school as a vertical public space connecting all the levels and programs together into one whole. Central to a school of government is the idea of openness, communication and transparency, the central forum takes this principle literally by stitching all levels together. In the first instance the Forum provides access between spaces, but more importantly it provides congregation, meeting and social spaces. In Herzog & de Meuron’s proposal it’s arrangement is in many ways like that of an auditorium or a concert hall with a series of interconnected terraces that step up from the ground floor all the way to the upper levels of the School. Each terrace operates as a separate space, for example as a study area or as part of one connected whole volume for a larger presentation. The Forum is a space that allows, and positively encourages, communication and discussion, formal and informal, planned and accidental.
The Blavatnik School of Government houses teaching and academic spaces which are supported by meeting, administration, research and service areas which are all connected by the Forum. At its lower levels, the building houses large public and teaching programs. The upper levels are occupied by academic and research programs that require a more quiet atmosphere to foster focus and concentration. Crowning the School are student and faculty spaces, which overlook an outdoor terrace, the Radcliff Observatory Quarter and the whole of Oxford beyond. The School offers a wide range of teaching-space types from small flexible seminar rooms to larger, horseshoe-shaped teaching rooms.
Herzog & de Meuron, 2016
When asked to build housing for 100 families in Chile ten years ago, Alejandro Aravena looked to an unusual inspiration: the wisdom of favelas and slums. Rather than building a large building with small units, he built flexible half-homes that each family could expand on. It was a complex problem, but with a simple solution — one that he arrived at by working with the families themselves. With a chalkboard and beautiful images of his designs, Aravena walks us through three projects where clever rethinking led to beautiful design with great benefit.
With 144 impressive tree trunks, British architect David Chipperfield transformed the museum’s open glass hall in the fall of 2014 into a densely filled hall of columns. The installation also engaged with the architecture of the Neue Nationalgalerie and served as a prologue to the renovation of the museum in line with the guidelines of landmark conservation, which has been underway under the direction of David Chipperfield Architects since the start of 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。
The German architect behind the CCTV Headquarters reflects on the shapeshifting metropolis of his adopted home, Beijing.
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A film by Montague Fendt montagu.ch/
Choreography by Raymond Liew Jin Pin
Music: When the clouds – November song
Dance: Lea Benecke and Just Berger
Camera: Daniel Toelke, Adrian Bedoy, Torben Köster
Editing: Rajan Shrestha
Produced by Simon Baucks
Music been removed momentarily due to Copyright negotiations.
First Episode of new Architecture Film Collection focus on Japanese 50 to 80’s Architecture Masterpieces.
Project : Yoyogi National Gymnasium – 1964
Architect : Kenzo Tange
Location : Yoyogi, Shibuya, Japan
Filmed & Edited by : Vincent Hecht
Music : —
Equipments : Canon 5D MkII + 24mm TS-E f/3.5 + 50mm f/1.4 + 100mm f/2.8/+ Konova Slider
For architect Ole Scheeren, the people who live and work inside a building are as much a part of that building as concrete, steel and glass. He asks: Can architecture be about collaboration and storytelling instead of the isolation and hierarchy of a typical skyscraper? Visit five of Scheeren’s buildings — from a twisted tower in China to a floating cinema in the ocean in Thailand — and learn the stories behind them.
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Daylight sparkles through a wall of glass blocks into an indoor garden filled with trees at this house in Hiroshima by Japanese architect Hiroshi Nakamura.
This house is sited among tall buildings in downtown Hiroshima, overlooking a street with many passing cars and trams. To obtain privacy and tranquility in these surroundings, we placed a garden and optical glass façade on the street side of the house. The garden is visible from all rooms, and the serene soundless scenery of the passing cars and trams imparts richness to life in the house.
Sunlight from the east, refracting through the glass, creates beautiful light patterns. Rain striking the water-basin skylight manifests water patterns on the entrance floor. Filtered light through the garden trees flickers on the living room floor, and a super lightweight curtain of sputter-coated metal dances in the wind. Although located downtown in a city, the house enables residents to enjoy the changing light and city moods, as the day passes, and live in awareness of the changing seasons.
A façade of some 6,000 pure-glass blocks (50mm x 235mm x 50mm) was employed. The pure-glass blocks, with their large mass-per-unit area, effectively shut out sound and enable the creation of an open, clearly articulated garden that admits the city scenery. To realize such a façade, glass casting was employed to produce glass of extremely high transparency from borosilicate, the raw material for optical glass. The casting process was exceedingly difficult, for it required both slow cooling to remove residual stress from within the glass, and high dimensional accuracy. Even then, however, the glass retained micro-level surface asperities, but we actively welcomed this effect, for it would produce unexpected optical illusions in the interior space.
The glass block façade weighs around 13 tons. The supporting beam, if constructed of concrete, would therefore be of massive size. Employing steel frame reinforced concrete, we pre-tensioned the steel beam and gave it an upward camber. Then, after giving it the load of the façade, we cast concrete around the beam and, in this way, minimized its size.
Project name: Optical Glass House
Main purpose: Housing
Design: Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP Co.,Ltd.
Structure design: Yasushi Moribe
Contractor: Imai Corporation
Location: Naka-ku, Hiroshima-shi, Hitroshima, Japan
Site area: 243.73m2
Total Floor area: 363.51m2
Completion year: October,2012
Optical Glass House
Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP Co., Ltd.
Photograph:Koji Fujii/Nacasa & Partners Inc.
Crystal Houses, designed by MVRDV and located on P.C. Hooftstraat 94 in Amsterdam is a flagship store with a replica façade made entirely out of glass. The 630 m2 of retail and 220 m2 of housing was commissioned by investor Warenar Real Estate. Crystal Houses won the category award for Shopping at the Word Architecture Festival as well as the Glass Innovation Award and the Public Award at the Dutch Design Awards. Crystal Houses, the movie was created by Robert Jan Westdijk for Warenar with the help of people and companies involved in creating Crystal Houses.
BSI Swiss Architectural Award 2016 / winner — Junya Ishigami, Japan
This video was shooted with a Canon 5D Mark II in Atsugi (Kanagawa, Japan) in July 2016, as a collaboration with the architecture photographer Enrico Cano (enricocano.com).
The aim was to show the building in its complexity and with the surrounding environment, to document the project of Junya Ishigami during the exhibition of BSI Swiss Architectural Award 2016 (swissarchitecturalaward.ch).
Architect: junya.ishigami+associates, Japan (jnyi.jp)
Architecture: KAIT – Kanagawa Institute of Technology Workshop (2004-2008)
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Did there is a connection between Architecture and Cinematography ?
This is the question the movie tring to enter.
Days of Zucco is a short film which aims to provide a comparative reading of architecture by cinema.
It is an “architectural fiction” and is governed by a number of codes:
– The scenario of the film follows the specificity of the building, its form and its program.
– There is no other decor than the inside or the outside of the building.
– The building and architectural discourse are in the second narrative level.
– The human stories are the wire scriptwriting directors
The film reuses graphics code architecture to enable them to switch in the collective imagination. They help provide a new reading spaces in which the character evolves.
Days of Zucco tells the day of a man of thirty year within a building: the Vertou cultural center in the suburbs of Nantes designed by architecture firm Fernandez and Serres.
This one was winner of the Equerre d’Argent (the equivalent of OSCAR for architecture).
At first responsible for providing legitimacy to make a film about this amazing architectural project, the script of Days of Zucco has evolved so that the film is sufficient in itself, is no longer the only image of the building but it becomes a new object, autonomous.
with Thomas Barraud
DP: Vincent Toujas
Music: Etienne Lautrette
Sound: Bastian Paumier
HMC: Noémie Laborde
Régie: Alexis Dovera et Maryse Renker
English subtitles: Annabel Bacle
Spanish subtitles : Lilian Marchand et Reyes González
“With Hyperloop One we have given form to a mobility ecosystem of pods and portals, where the waiting hall has vanished along with waiting itself. Hyperloop One combines collective commuting with individual freedom at near supersonic speed. We are heading for a future where our mental map of the city is completely reconfigured, as our habitual understanding of distance and proximity – time and space – is warped by this virgin form of travel.” Bjarke Ingels, Founding Partner, BIG.
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
“Hélène Binet has emerged as one of the leading architectural photographers in the world. Every time Hélène Binet takes a photograph, she exposes architecture’s achievements, strength, pathos and fragility.” (Daniel Libeskind)
8-House is located in Ørestad on the edge of Copenhagen. 8-House offers homes for people in all of life’s stages: the young and the old, singles, families that grow and families that become smaller. Instead of dividing the different functions of the building – for both habitation and retail – into separate blocks, the various functions have been spread out horizontally. The apartments are placed at the top while the commercial program unfolds at the base of the building. As a result, the different horizontal layers have achieved a quality of their own: the apartments benefit from the view, sunlight and fresh air, while the commercial merges with life on the street.