Samurai Architect: Tadao Ando
Beginning with a terrific sequence of scenes of the minimalist master shadow boxing in a Tokyo park, Samurai Architect is an incisive look at the self-taught architect over a year as he grapples with a new project in China, simultaneously highlighting his sharp tongue, unique sense of humour – and his extraordinary designs.
Harry Seidler: Modernist
“I like architecture to be a crystalclear, sculptural, proud thing,” Harry Seidler once said in an interview. This is an affectionate look at the Australian modernist, who designed singular houses for everyone from signwriters to very wealthy patrons and apartment developers – and his own parents, the home which launched his career.
After Euclid, Toronto’s Jim Stewart is the most published mathematician in the world and is as obsessed with music as he is maths, which comes together in Integral House, designed by Shim-Sutcliffe Architects. As well as being a beautiful place to live, it is said to be one of the best performance spaces in the city. A carefully crafted portrait of Stewart and his home.
Albert Frey: Part 1 – The Architectural Envoy
Part one of a two-part documentary on the unpretentious Swiss-born architect, who brought Corbusianinfluenced modernism to the United States, blending desert landscapes with industrial materials. The film explores Frey’s early life and work, and his move to New York in the 1930s.
Living in the Future’s Past
Contemplative, poetic and thoughtprovoking, this beautifully shot film presented by Jeff Bridges analyses humankind’s place in nature and the environmental challenges we face.
A week in the life of MoriyamaSan, a hermit who lives in one of Japan’s most extraordinary modern houses designed by Pritzker Prize winner Ryue Nishizawa. Blending architecture, experimental movies and noise music, it’s a unique contemplation on a different kind of domestic life.