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Architectures 9

Synopsis
The ninth volume in a series which looks at architecture and its historical and social functions to reveal its meaning and impact on humanity. This volume features nine programmes:

'The Glass Galleon’
On the fringes of the Bois de Boulonge in Paris, a grand galleon with 12 glass sails, billowing in an imaginary wind, towers above the treetops. It is a new buliding, designed by Frank Gehry, dedicated to contemporary art that offers visitors an architectural tour.

'The French Communist Party’s headquarters’
A mysterious white dome and un undulating glass facade: the headquarters of the French Communist Party built between 1965 and 1980 by Oscar Niemeyer. A fine example of the curtain wall designed by Jean Prouvé, an extraordinary Central Committee room under the dome, some of the finest Parisian architecture of the period.

'The Glasgow School of Art’
Built at the dawn of the 20th Century by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, the Glasgow School of Art is a masterpiece that combines constructive rationality, Art nouveau subjectivism, obsessive attention to detail and decorative fantasy. Its influence is without parallel in early 20th Century architecture.

'The Unal house’
Designed by Claude Häusermann-Costy and built by Joël Unal between 1972 and 2008, the Unal house is a bubble house without a single right angle. The technique used was the application by hand of a layer of unshuttered concrete on top of a metal frame. The house is part of a movement known as "sculpted architecture".

'Itimad-ud-Dahula, the Mughal mausoleum’
The mausoleum of Itimad-ud-Daulah, built of white marble encrusted with semi-precious stones, stands in Agra, the capital of the Mughal Empire. Islamic funeral rites are strictly observed in a structure that combines every representation of paradise. A beautiful gem.

'The Van Nelle factory in Rotterdam
A cross between Taylorism and Bauhaus, the Van Nelle factory at Rotterdam, was built between 1926 and 1931. Designed by the architects Jan Brickman and Leendert Van der Vlugt, the factory is the most important and the most accomplished example of industrial architecture in the modern movement.
Language
English
Country
France
Notes
In English, German and French
Subjects
Architecture
Keywords
Mackintosh, Charles Rennie (1868-1928); architects; Gehry, Frank; Arabic culture; Niemeyer, Oscar

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 0 NTSC
Price
£14.99
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
156 minutes
Year
2017

Production Company

Name

ARTE France

Email
http://www.arteboutique.com/inputContact.action
Web
http://boutique.arte.tv/ External site opens in new window
Address
STACI
ARTE Boutique 1610
B.P. 59124 - 95074 Cergy Pontoise
France
Notes
An extensive range of programmes broadcast on the French Arte channel, relating to art and culture. Most are only available in French, but some have English audio or subtitles. Sale on Region 2 PAL DVD.

Distributor

Name

Illuminations

Email
louise@illuminationsmedia.co.uk
Web
http://www.illuminationsmedia.co.uk External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7288 8400
Fax
020 7288 8488
Address
19-20 Rheidol Mews
Rheidol Terrace
Islington
London
N1 8NU
Notes
Illuminations produces and distributes programmes on arts-related subjects, some of which are made for television and others in conjunction with cultural institutions to accompany specific exhibitions. Many titles are available for sale on DVD, including continuing series on leading contemporary and twentieth century artists and modern architecture, as well as a few programmes on religion, drama, history and ideas.

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