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Antonio Gaudi
Part of the Series: Janus World Documentaries Collection
Catalan architect Antonio Gaudi (1852-1926) designed some of the world's most astonishing buildings, interiors, and parks; Japanese director Hiroshi Teshigahara constructed some of the most aesthetically audacious films ever made. Here their artistry melds in a unique, enthralling cinematic experience.…
Great Cathedral Mystery
Part of the Series: NOVA
PBS
The dome that crowns Florence's great cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore--the Duomo--is a towering masterpiece of Renaissance ingenuity and an enduring source of mystery. Still the largest masonry dome on earth after more than six centuries, it is taller…
Alvaro Siza - Transforming Reality
In "Alvaro Siza Transforming Reality", Portugal's renowned architect discusses his work and tours 15 projects with architectural historian Kenneth Frampton, who has referred to Siza as "one of the most important architects working today". In 1974 the end of the…
Sagrada: The Mystery of Creation
One of the most iconic structures ever built, Barcelona's La Sagrada Familia is a unique and fascinating architectural project conceived by controversial genius Antoni Gaudi in the late 19th century. More than 125 years after construction began, the basilica still…
Alvar Aalto
The Finnish architect Alvar Aalto (1898-1976) was one of the 20th century's great reformers in architecture and interior design. Aalto's work demonstrates an intense individualism combined with clear-sighted understanding of the international architectural trends of his day. A striking characteristic…
Architects Herzog and de Meuron: Alchemy of Building
This video is about the Swiss architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron, who were jointly awarded the 2001 Pritzker Prize, their profession's highest honor, for combining "the artistry of an age-old profession with the fresh approach of a new…
Inverary
Part of the Series: Great Estates of Scotland
PBS
For more than 500 years, Inveraray Castle has housed the chieftain of one of the world's best-known family clans, the Clan Campbell. It is now the home to the 13th Duke of Argyll, His Grace Torquhil Ian Campbell, and his…
The Tugendhat House - Mies van der Rohe's Czech Masterpiece
One of the most influential works of Twentieth Century architecture in Europe was added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. Although it is beloved of architects the world over, the Villa Tugendhat in the Czech Republic's second city…
Le Cabanon par Le Corbusier
The wooden cabin situated in the hillside of Roquebrune-Cap-Martin in the French Riviera was to serve as a model for minimal living. However, when architect and painter Le Corbusier sketched his Thoreau-like hut in December 1951, he did so in…
Monuments to Man: The Impact and Influence of Concrete on Civilization
Man walks, drives and rides on it. He lands his aircraft on it. He uses it to cross rivers or go through mountains, he builds his playgrounds, offices, homes and factories...his schools, universities, churches and almost everything he needs -…
Making Space - 5 Women Changing the Face of Architecture
For the first time in history, women are creating some of the most exciting architectural designs in the world. How have they navigated their way to the top? What is the nature of their creative process? Are there gender differences…
The Flame of Functionalism
Celebrating the spirit of the 1930s, when Scandinavian design first gained wide acclaim, this film juxtaposes period movie clips and documentary footage with images of a wide range of Finnish architecture, interior design and furnishings by Rivel and many others.…
The New Modernists: German Architecture for the 21st Century
A visit with the principals of seven architectural practices at the sites of their best work in many parts of Germany. The eleven architects, all born after World War II, give insight into the situation of architecture and the architect…
Berlin's Jewish Museum - A Personal Tour With Daniel Libeskind
This extraordinary haunting building, a zig-zag form reflecting an invisible matrix of addresses of Jewish Berliners who once lived in the area, is Daniel Libeskind's first commission. It took ten years to build, and it has become an integral part…
Rosslyn
Part of the Series: Great Estates of Scotland
PBS
Uncover myths and legends of mysterious Rosslyn Chapel, where part of The Di Vinci Code was filmed. Many believe it to be home to the Holy Grail, the skull of St. Matthew or John the Baptist or even of Jesus…
Bunkers, Brutalism and Bloody-mindedness - Concrete Poetry with Jonathan Meades
BBC
Every now and again, architecture goes through a phase of not caring whether it is liked. Employing shock tactics, it asks us to find beauty in what is commonly regarded to be ugly. In this series, writer and journalist Jonathan…
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Concrete Love - The Böhm Architects
Love, death and architecture could easily be the mantra of the Bohm family. Highly regarded as Germany's preeminent architect, Gottfried Bohm is the patriarch of a modern architecture dynasty that also includes his three sons: Stephan, Peter and Paul. After…
Kincardine
Part of the Series: Great Estates of Scotland
PBS
The 70-room Kincardine Castle is home to only two people, Andrew and Nicky Bradford. In a little over a century, the castle and its surrounding 3,000-acre estate have gone from being a trifling extravagance for its fabulously rich owners to…