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2023 in Review

2023 in Review

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2023 in Review
  • Concrete Landscape

    "Concrete Landscape" explores the emotional connection between celebrated architect Álvaro Siza and Brazil, as he discusses the design of the Iberê Camargo Foundation Museum in Porto Alegre, while showcasing his other famous works, and the exhibition "Fio de Ariadne" that reflects on the future o...

  • (un)usual Manhattan

    The film follows the story of Jadwiga Grabowska-Hawrylak, a visionary architect who designed a concrete estate in Wrocław, Poland during the 1970s under Soviet occupation. Her work is now considered an icon of social modernism, and the film takes us on a journey to observe the estate's impact aft...

  • George Nakashima

    A rare look at the architecture of the late George Nakashima. His daughter Mira Nakashima takes us on a deep dive into the design of his most ambitious building: the Conoid Studio built in 1957-1959. More than a design story this film tells a story of hope and perseverance. From architect, intern...

  • Gaudi's Message

    The great architect Antoini Gaudi left the Sagrada Familia unfinished after his death over 90 years ago. Without any sketches and blueprints to follow, this stunning film reveals how an international team of architects cracked the code behind one of the cornerstones of Gaudi's visionary cathedral...

  • Richard Henriquez - Building Stories

    Richard Henriquez: Building Stories delves into the life and work of the remarkable and enigmatic narrative architect Richard Henriquez.
    Based in Vancouver, Henriquez has spent over six decades impacting the landscape with small and large-scale buildings—each designed with the intention of enrich...

  • In Conversation with Rory Fraser & Gavin Froome

    Rory Faser (Follies) hosts a Shelter Extras in conversation with event with filmmaker Gavin Froome, director of Coast Modern and his latest film Richard Henriques: Building Stories as he discusses the success of his original title and what inspired him to delve into the story of the Canadian Arch...

  • Victoria

    In the desert of Southern California lies the unfinished city of California City.
    It was a predesigned city, originally intended to mirror Los Angeles in size and population, but it was never completed. At the centre of VICTORIA stands Lashay T. Warren, who left behind his turbulent past in LA to...

  • GES-2

    In 2014, V–A–C Foundation acquired the 20,000 sq. m former power plant, GES-2 in the center of Moscow right in front of the Kremlin, tasking the Renzo Piano Building Workshop with its transformation into a cultural institution.

    Over the next five years, the cameras followed the construction work...

  • Prospettiva Olivetti

    The film embarks on a journey through Olivetti's iconic buildings, spanning the 1960s to the 1980s. As it explores showrooms, factories, and headquarters designed by international architectural masters, the documentary weaves together personal narratives and archival materials. It reconstructs a ...

  • Prefab Future House

    A Shelter Original Film. Peter Stutchbury Architects new solution to prefabricated affordable housing using a Cross Laminated Timber construction, innovation from one of Australia’s most celebrated modern architects.

  • Alfabeto Mangiarotti

    The documentary film delves into the multifaceted career of Angelo Mangiarotti, a prominent Italian designer, architect, and sculptor, who defied the conventional boundaries between these disciplines. As a pioneer in postwar Italy, the film explores his innovative approach, deep understanding of ...

  • Churches of Iceland

    When Christianity arrived in Iceland in 1000 CE, the church quickly became the focal point of local communities. But on a remote island in the Northern Atlantic, these houses of worship would not be the dazzling & gilded constructs of classic Europe.

    Instead, a modest but unique design style wou...

  • Water Tower

    A young couple with a passion for minimalism take on a huge challenge when they decide to convert a disused water tower into a modern home for their growing family. With exceptional views from the top floor, the Water Tower is surrounded by lava fields, mountains and a stunning coastline.

  • Turf Houses

    When the Norwegian Vikings settled in Iceland, they brought with them a tradition of building out of the earth, using natural materials such as wood, uncut stone, and soil. Known as Turf Houses, these structures became the remarkable vernacular architecture of Iceland. Today, contemporary archite...

  • Glass Cottage

    In the heart of an Icelandic lava desert lies a 24 square metre cottage made of glass. Here, travelers from all over the globe sleep under the spectacular Northern Lights in secluded comfort. Built for the adventurous at heart and those yearning for an escape from the city, owner Ari spent 18 mon...

  • Prefab Cabin

    Choosing to avoid the site construction process entirely, this factory-built home arrived fully finished and fulfils a long-held dream for its owners: to live a simple life with very little to clean and very little to worry about. Nestled peacefully between a 4 million-year-old volcano and the oc...

  • Converted Barn

    After many years of searching for a sanctuary that could function as both a workspace and family home, artist Gudrun Kristjansdottir discovered a derelict barn (built in 1937) on the stunning West Coast of Iceland. Told by many that she should tear the existing structure down, Gudrun enlisted the...

  • In the Name of Wild

    Ethnographers Phillip and April Vannini travel with their daughter over five years, to five continents and ten countries in search of the different meanings of wilderness, wildness, and wild nature.

    The documentary explores wildness in UNESCO World Heritage sites in Australia, New Zealand, Japan...

  • Total Brutal

    Total House is one of very few examples of Japanese-inspired Brutalism in the city of Melbourne. Certainly a polarising style it is an important part of Melbourne's built environment and adds considerably to the city's diverse and varied texture. As with many post-war 'modern' buildings, its futu...

  • Mario Botta: The Sacred the Profane

    The film that explores the fundamental questions that drive Swiss architect Mario Botta's exploration of space. Through Botta's personal testimony and reflections from critics and artists, the documentary investigates the oppositional concepts of the sacred and the profane that are integral to hi...

  • Melbourne International

    A film describing the development of International Style corporate architecture in the city of Melbourne, Australia. Spanning the period 1950-1980, the film charts the rise of the glass box, curtained walled office building and explores subsequent local developments of the the genre.

  • Burke Museum

    The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture is the oldest public museum in Washington State with a collection of over 18 million artifacts and specimens, ranging from totem poles and gemstones to dinosaur fossils. The problem was the visitors never got to experience the artifacts because they...

  • The Proposal

    The Proposal follows conceptual artist Jill Magid as she develops a radical project to explore artistic legacy. At its heart is the work of the Pritzker Prize-winning Mexican architect Luis Barragán, which is aggressively “protected” and kept from the public by its copyright holders.

    By cultiva...

  • New Directions

    A documentary focused on post-war Japanese architecture and its influence on Australian architects throughout the 1960s and 70s. Robin Boyd made numerous visits to Japan from the 1950s, introducing the work of Japanese architects such as Kenzo Tange to the West via his essays and books. Inspired ...