160 minutes (6 x 26 minutes)
Languages: French, English, German
Available in the UK and Eire only
The series Architectures presents a privileged and unprecedented look at the work of superstar architects and some of their most brilliant creations. Devised by Richard Copans and Stan Neumann, this series of 5 DVDs looks at architecture and its historical and social functions to reveal its meaning and impact on humanity.
The Wa Shan Guesthouse
The Wa Shan Guesthouse, literally, “Tile Mountain” is an astonishing guesthouse, built by Chinese architect Wang Shu, who purses the aim of sustainable architecture. His experimental practice and his works, which blend modern and traditional building methods, earned him the Pritzker prize in 2012.
Roissy 1 was opened in 1974. It was the first time architecture had entered the realm of airport construction. The building is the work of Paul Andreu, who was 29 years old at the time. It was his first building and the start of a long series of constructions, which was to make him one of the greatest 20th century airport architects.
The Iron House
In the late 19th century Brussels, the Art Nouveau movement was laying the foundations of a new concept in architecture, and Victor Horta was the movement’s grand master. Of all his works, the Hotel van Eetvelde features the boldest display of his modernity.
The Philips Exeter Academy Library
A masterpiece of geometry and of architectural precision, the library is one of Louis Kahn‘s last works. Louis Kahn reinvented library layout by placing readers close to daylight on the periphery of the building, and by creating a vast central atrium.
The Home for All at Rikuzentakata
After Japan’s 2011 tsunami, a group of architects led by Toyo Ilo launched the “Home for All” project, providing community centres for the inhabitants of the devastated towns. Three architects – Su Fujimoto, Kumiko Inui and Akihisa Hirata – built one of these homes in Rikuzentakata.
The Hotels de Soubise et de Rohan
From 1705 to 1752, the house of the Princes of Soubise was the setting for wild ambition and dreams of grandeur – with the dual purpose of transforming and renaming the Hotel de Guise for the Prince’s heir, and of building a second mansion for his fifth son, the Prince Bishop of Strasbourg.
Co-produced by the European public television channel ARTE France, Les Films d’Ici; Centre Pompidou; Ministère de la Culture; Direction de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine; Musée d’Orsay; and Fondation Sasakawa.