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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.

In­te­gral Man

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.

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