156 minutes (6x26 minutes)
April 2015
Languages: French, English, German
Subtitles: French
Available in the UK and Eire only

Architectures 7

The series Architectures presents a privileged and unprecedented look at the work of superstar architects and some of their most brilliant creations.

Architectures 1 vols 1-5 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.

Architectures 2 vols 6-8 presents three 26-minute films focussing on architecture and its historical and social functions to reveal its meaning and impact on humanity.

The German Pavilion in Barcelona
How and why did this minimalist structure end up embodying 20th century modernity?  Between rigour and free form, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe‘s first masterpiece is a poetic work of spatial flow and intervals.

Ewha the Seoul Hidden University
With this building, Dominique Perrault continues a concept that is dear to him: the absence of architecture.  The urban dimension and the way the surrounding land is organised prevail over the construction.  The landscape supplants the architecture.

The Sainte-Genevieve Library
Breaking away from the 19th Century neoclassical trend, Henri Labrouste erected a powerful public building, in which stone featured alongside a material that was used prominently and was glorified for the first time – iron. A major milestone on the path to modern architecture.

The Church of Notre-Dame du Raincy
In a country ruined by World War 1, Auguste Perret took up the challenge of building a church.  In concrete, it was a shunned material, used hitherto exclusively in industrial constructions.  This “Holy Chapel of Concrete” revolutionised architectural vocabulary.

The Igualada Cemetery
In Spain, the dead are not buried but stacked in niches.  The Igualada Cemetery is a surprising project, and a strong example of the merging of 20th century architecture and landscape.

The Maisons Castle
Although its posterity has now rendered its image commonplace, the Maisons Laffitte chateau revolutionised French architecture. It is the masterpiece of the brilliant architect, Francois Mansart.


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