The Heinz Emigholz Collection
For the past two decades, Heinz Emigholz has dedicated himself to an ambitious series of documentaries that focus on the work of visionary 20th century architects.
Disavowing traditional voice-over commentary, Emigholz reduces his soundtrack to ambient sounds and the acoustic experience of the spaces he explores. Refusing any single master shot, Emigholz offers a montage of carefully chosen architectural details that lead the viewer through a given building and towards a new appreciation of the light and space crucial to these architects’ visions.
14 works of the Swiss artist, civil engineer and legendary bridge builder Robert Maillart designed between 1910 and 1935.
Maillart revolutionized with his functional reduction of material the work of bridge-building and created his own world of forms. His topics and inventions explored the poss...
There are streets, paths, motorways, alleys, boulevards and promenades. And there are life paths, intersections and dead ends. Two men sit on the shady raised platform of a brick building somewhere in Montevideo. They are submerged in a conversational marathon that never ceases throughout the ent...
Parabeton starts with the first still existing dome built of concrete by the Romans in the 1st century BC in Baiae near Naples. Followed in chronological sequence by 17 buildings of Italian civil-engineer Pier Luigi Nervi (1891-1979) – inventor, grandmaster of concrete structures and the architec...
Goff in the Desert
62 buildings from the American architect Bruce Goff (1904-1982), from the smallest cottage to an impressive museum pavilion, and is the only cinematographic collection of almost all of his buildings still in existence. Bruce Goff is considered to be one of the ”greatest unknowns“ of American arch...
Perret in France and Algeria
The film presents 30 buildings and architectural ensembles of the French architects and construction engineers Auguste and Gustave Perret. Auguste Perret has masterfully refined concrete construction in the implementation of his projects and instilled in them a classical expression. Working in pa...
Sense of Architecture
42 contemporary architectural projects of Austrian origins. As an independent work, the film emerged from the material for 57 short films that Heinz Emigholz produced for the exhibition Sense of Architecture conceived in Graz. Unlike the exhibition, which grouped the architecture thematically, th...
40 buildings by the Austro-American architect Rudolph Schindler from the years 1931 to 1952. Schindler’s pioneering work in Southern California is the cornerstone of a branch of modern architecture.
The Austrian-American architect Rudolph Schindler (1887-1953) worked with Louis Sullivan and Frank...
Eight buildings designed and furnished by famous architect Louis H. Sullivan at the end of his career.
Sullivan’s writings and constructions set out central positions of modernism, including its ambiguity. His organic ornamentation, conceived and created in conjunction with modern methods of con...
The Grundtvigs Church (1913-1940) in Copenhagen, designed by Peder Vilhelm Jensen-Klint and built by six master bricklayer and their assistants in the period of 27 years, and the Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta (1290-1591) in Orvieto, planned and executed by many master masons and craftsmen in ...
Two museums compared: The Museum of Art, Ein Harod, Israel, which Samuel Bickels (1909-1975) built in 1948, and The Menil Collection in Houston, Texas, built by Renzo Piano (*1937) 1986. The method of natural lighting in Bickels’s construction was the direct model for Piano, who adopted for his c...
15 rooms of the Villa Cargnacco in Gardone on Lake Garda, where Gabriele D’Annunzio moved in 1921 and lived until his death.
The Film is the product of a cinematic jam-session held in Gabriele D’Annuzio Villa Cargnacco: four cameramen and film-makers (Irene von Alberti, Elfi Mikesch, Klaus Wybor...
Years of Construction
The renovation, demolition and reconstruction of different parts of the Kunsthalle Mannheim between 2013 and 2018. The before and the after are brought together in 93 minutes, allowing their comparison rather than letting them disappear in nebulous time windows.
Festivals & Awards:
- Berlinale F...
The film deals with the sediments of the 20th century. Bickels’ buildings are the heart of an idea, an interaction, social and cultural. His architecture reflects a will to create a civilization.
22 buildings by the Kibbutz architect Samuel Bickels, filmed in Israel in 2015. As prologue, the Cas...
Le Corbusier (|||||) Asger Jorn (Relief)
The film contrasts the Villa Savoye, built by Le Corbusier in 1931, and Asger Jorn’s Grand Relief, which the Danish painter and sculptor produced in 1959 for the Århus Statsgymnasium. The film makes connections between what does not belong together, at least not according to the ideological stip...
A cinematic documentation of 29 buildings by the Uruguayan architect and shell-construction master Eladio Dieste (1917-2000). As prologue, three buildings by Julio Vilamajó in Montevideo. As appendix, buildings by Eladio Dieste in Spain.
Eladio Dieste’s innovations and alternative construction m...
Adolf Loos was one of the pioneers of European Modernist architecture. His vehement turn against ornamentation on buildings triggered a controversy in architectural theory. The development of his “spatial plan” launched a new way of thinking about spaces to be built. His houses, furniture for sho...