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 2 (1995-2001) presents five twenty-six minute films focussing on important works by major architects:,,The Johnson building by Frank Lloyd Wright,These famous office buildings were designed and built between 1936 and 1939 for the wax manufacturer Johnson by one one of the 20th century's greatest architects Frank Lloyd Wright. A film by Frédéric Compain.
The Galleria Umberto I,Built in Naples, this is one of the last and largest covered passageways to be constructed in Europe, providing the swan song for a grand invention of 19th century architecture. A film by Stan Neumann.
Lyon Satolas TGV station by Santiago Calatrava,An astonishing concrete and steel structure designed for an open field in the Lyon countryside. An astonishing feat undertaken by Calatrava, which sees trains race through at speeds of 190mph. A film by Catherine Adda.
The Stone Thermal Baths by Peter Zumthor,The Spa of Vals-les-Bains, designed by Peter Zumthor, redefines the very concept of public bathing, a mise en scène of water in all its aspects. A film by Richard Copans.
The Paris Fine Arts School by Felix Duban,In the heart of Paris, architect Duban's École des Beaux-Arts provides its students with an architectural ""temple"" representing a 19th century style widely copied throughout the world.