Architectures: Documentary Series

By Paul Knight on August 6, 2012 — 2 mins read

Architectures is a documentary series by Richard Copans and Stan Neumann. It was produced by the European public television channel ARTE. For more information: http://www.illuminationsmedia.co.uk/

Quoting from the website:

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 29 films across 5 DVDs looks at architecture and its historical and social functions to reveal its meaning and impact on humanity.

Each 26-minute 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 offers a unique and instructive insight into the greatest architectural achievements of our times.

Below are links to YouTube videos of each film in the series:

  1. The Dessau Bauhaus
    http://youtu.be/u-IVejSt3BI
  2. The Siza School
    http://youtu.be/6Tg_RiKIRPo
  3. Family Lodging in Guise
    http://youtu.be/6gIiAtj2u3s
  4. Jean Nouvel’s Nemausus
    http://youtu.be/hoB0l9TLJ7c
  5. The Georges Pompidou Centre
    http://youtu.be/IkgnXkBcVGs
  6. Otto Wagner’s Vienna Savings Bank
    http://youtu.be/geAd-AQehaU
  7. Frank Lloyd Wright’s Johnson Wax Administration Building
    http://youtu.be/z1MXuBAxcdM
  8. La Galleria Umberto I
    http://youtu.be/O8lFACrws-k
  9. Santiago Calatrava’s Satolas TGV
    http://youtu.be/5DE1QIWyvLM
  10. Peter Zumthor’s Thermae of Stone
    http://youtu.be/c5A3SfGLo0U
  11. Félix Duban’s École des Beaux Arts
    http://youtu.be/fcYKRvfz1EU
  12. Daniel Libeskind’s Berlin Jewish Museum
    http://youtu.be/SUTkt0z_NTU
  13. Charles Garnier’s Opera Garnier
    http://youtu.be/Cs-h5Yhalvo
  14. Le Corbusier’s Cloister
    http://youtu.be/U1a2aGOeHKA
  15. Antoni Gaudi’s Casa Mila
    http://youtu.be/Ek64mLpJtLE
  16. Adler & Sullivan’s Chicago Auditorium Building
    http://youtu.be/SgoMXHkQjr4
  17. Alvaro Aalto’s Community Center of Säynätsalo Finland
    http://youtu.be/3I6CIV7gC-c
  18. Claude Nicolas Ledoux’s Saline of Arc et Senans
    http://youtu.be/7gz3Rd6Il_M
  19. Pierre Chareu’s Maison de Verre
    http://youtu.be/AeVK0eXcrKQ
  20. The House of Jean Prouvé
    http://youtu.be/jYfc9RL9KqU
  21. Toyo Ito’s Sendaï Media Center
    http://youtu.be/3jqXVxnJhgQ
  22. The Abby Sainte Foy de Conques
    http://youtu.be/vS5wGQGp96I
  23. Frank Gehry’s Bilbao Guggenheim Museum
    http://youtu.be/7dm3M6rs6oI
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