1642 minutes (59 x 26 mins + 1 x 108 mins)
2009, 2015, and 2017
Languages: French, English, German
Available in the UK and Eire only

Architectures complete series box set (11 volumes)

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Architectures  presents a privileged and unprecedented look at the work of superstar architects and some of their most brilliant creations. Co-produced by the European public television channel ARTE, this series of 60 films across 11 DVDs looks at architecture and its historical and social functions to reveal its meaning and impact on humanity.

Each film in the series focuses on a single building chosen because of the pioneering role it has played in the evolution of contemporary architecture. Meticulously filmed, each building is explored in great detail and this in-depth examination highlights all the concerns that confronted the architect from the genesis of the project through to its completion.

Close engagement of this kind, along with detailed scale-models of every building made specially for the films, permits each documentary to critically evaluate the principles behind its construction, the economics of the project, constraints of the commission and site, technical choices and materials used.

Architectures 1
Comprising of 6 x 26 minute films covering milestones like Germany’s famed Bauhaus and the Georges Pompidou Centre in Paris. This DVD examines the work of architects Jean Nouvel, Otto Wagner, Walter Gropius, Alvaro Siza, Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers and Jean-Baptiste-Andre Godin.

Architectures 2
Comprising of 5 x 26 minute films analysing Frank Lloyd Wright‘s Johnson Wax building, the innovations of the Galleria Umberto I, the luxurious Stone Thermal Baths in Switzerland, and a high-speed train station, Satolas, in Lyon. This DVD examines the work of architects Santiago Calatrava, Peter Zumthor, Felix Duban, and Frank Lloyd Wright.

Architectures 3
Comprising of 6 x 26 minute films examining the Jewish Museum of Berlin, designed by Daniel Libeskind, Louis Sullivan‘s Auditorium Theatre in Chicago, a Dominican convent designed by Le Corbusier, Charles Garnier‘s Parisian Opera and buildings by Antoni Gaudi and Alvar Aalto.

Architectures 4
Comprising of 6 x 26 minute films covering the Royal Saltworks of Arc and Senans, the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Jean Prouve‘s House, the St. Foy Abbey, and the Sendai Mediatheque in Japan. This DVD examines the work of architects Claude Nicolas Ledoux, Pierre Chareau, Frank Gehry, and Toyo Ito.

Architectures 5
Comprising of 6 x 26 minute films about the Alhambra in Granada; Adalberto Libera‘s Reception and Congress Building in Rome; the House of Sugimoto in Kyoto, Japan, Zaha Hadid‘s Phaeno Science Center in Wolfsburg; the Yoyogi Olympic Gymnasium in Tokyo by Kenzo Tange; and the Villa Barbaro by Andrea Palladio.

Architectures 6
Comprising of 6 x 26 minute films examining The Royal Mosque at Isfahan; The Pyramid of the Pharoah Djoser at Saqqara; The Philharmonie Luxembourg; The Menier Chocolate Factory; The SAS Royal Hotel; and Saint Pancras Station, London.

Architectures 7
Comprising of 6 x 26 minute films about The German Pavillion in Barcelona; Ewha the Seoul Hidden University; The Sainte-Genevieve Library; The Church of Notre-Dame du Raincy; The Igualada Cemetery in Spain; and The Maisons Castle, France.

Architectures 8
Comprising of 6 x 26 minute films about The National Dance Centre, France; The Citadel of Lille, France; VitraHaus, Germany; Cologne Cathedral, Germany; The Citadel of Leisure, the Pompeia Social Service Centre, Brazil; and The Rolex Learning Centre on the shores of Lake Geneva.

Architectures 9
Comprising of 6 x 26 minute films about The Glass Galleon, France; The French Communist Party’s Headquarters, France; The Glasgow School of Art, Scotland; The Unal House, France; Itimad-ud-Dahula, India; The Van Nelle Factory, the Netherlands.

Architectures 10
Comprising of 6 x 26 minute films about The Wa Shan Guesthouse, China; Roissy 1, France; The Iron House, Belgium; The Philips Exeter Academy Library, USA; The Home for All at Rizkuzentakata, Japan; The Hotels de Soubise et de Rohan, France.

Paris, From the Haussmann era to the edges of the boulevard périphérique
Forming the 11th volume in the complete box set, this is the story of how Paris became a vibrant metropolis told through two films: Paris, The Invention of the Modern City (black and white, 49 mins) and Paris Ring (colour, 54 mins).

Architectures is distributed by Illuminations on behalf of ARTE France for release in the UK and Eire.


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