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.
Architectures is devised by Richard Copans and Stan Neumann.
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, this series of 5 DVDs looks at architecture and its historical and social functions to reveal its meaning and impact on humanity.
Architectures 3 (2000-2003) presents six twenty-six minute films focussing on important works by major architects:
The Jewish Museum Berlin by Daniel Libeskind
Libeskind tackles the emptiness left by the extermination of Europe’s Jews during the Second World War. His response is an architecture of absence.
A film by Richard Copans and Stan Neumann.
The Garnier Opera by Charles Garnier
This is Paris’s most prestigious 19th century building, the pinnacle of the “Beaux Arts” style with its ornamented facade, transfigured by the excesses of a theatre-mad architect in the mid-1800s.
A film by Stan Neumann.
The Convent of La Tourette by Le Courbusier
Under the instigation of the Dominicans of Lyons, Le Courbusier was charged with the task of creating this rural convent retreat, a rough concrete form that would house one hundred sleeping rooms plus recreational spaces.
A film by Richard Copans.
The Casa Milà by Antoni Gaudi
A block of flats in Barcelona, the Casa Milà is an extraordinarily sculpted work created by the great Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi. The Art Nouveau apartments are Expressionistic, fantastic, organic forms with undulating facades and roof lines.
A film by Frédéric Compain.
The Auditorium Building in Chicago by Louis Harris Sullivan
At the end of the 19th century, Louis Henry Sullivan, the father of American architecture, built the world’s largest opera house, a “democratic” auditorium which was revolutionary in its very conception.
A film by Stan Neumann.
The Municipal Centre of Säynätsalo by Alvaar Alto
Built in 1952, this town hall building in the heart of a rugged landscape in Finland represents a humanist masterpiece by architect Alvar Aalto. His intention was to pay modern homage to the Ideal City of the Italian Renaissance.
A film by Richard Copans