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:

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
  2. The Siza School
  3. Family Lodging in Guise
  4. Jean Nouvel’s Nemausus
  5. The Georges Pompidou Centre
  6. Otto Wagner’s Vienna Savings Bank
  7. Frank Lloyd Wright’s Johnson Wax Administration Building
  8. La Galleria Umberto I
  9. Santiago Calatrava’s Satolas TGV
  10. Peter Zumthor’s Thermae of Stone
  11. Félix Duban’s École des Beaux Arts
  12. Daniel Libeskind’s Berlin Jewish Museum
  13. Charles Garnier’s Opera Garnier
  14. Le Corbusier’s Cloister
  15. Antoni Gaudi’s Casa Mila
  16. Adler & Sullivan’s Chicago Auditorium Building
  17. Alvaro Aalto’s Community Center of Säynätsalo Finland
  18. Claude Nicolas Ledoux’s Saline of Arc et Senans
  19. Pierre Chareu’s Maison de Verre
  20. The House of Jean Prouvé
  21. Toyo Ito’s Sendaï Media Center
  22. The Abby Sainte Foy de Conques
  23. Frank Gehry’s Bilbao Guggenheim Museum
  24. Posted in: Architecture

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