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Architecture from home
31.03 31.08 2020

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From 31/03 to 31/08 Archipel will also stay in “his room”. Regular newsletters follow to enjoy architecture in a different way. Here is a link to a large amount of film material. Archipel@home for the architecture lover!


Following the successful Japan tours, in which more than 300 people accompanied Archipel through the land of the rising sun, we look back on the tantalizing, powerful work of this country. In choosing the architects we have limited ourselves to architects who are still working.

Vincent Hecht

The French architect and filmmaker Vincent Hecht made beautiful films about Japanese architectural projects.

Contemporary projects

Modernist monuments


Another exceptional moment with a debate of inspiring architects

Toyo Ito, Kazuyo Sejima, Sou Fujimoto, Akihisa Hirata, and Junya Ishigami in Conversation
In 2016, on the occasion of the exhibition in the MOMA “A Japanese Constellation”, there will be a conversation between five renowned architects. Each architect talks about their own work for 10 minutes, after which a conversation takes place between them all. The talk will be moderated by Jeffrey Inaba and Kenneth Frampton.

lectures, interviews, films … by architect

Toyo Ito

Tomorrow’s Architecture
Lecture by Toyo Ito in the Kenzo Tange Lectures series, Harvard’s School of Architecture, 2016
The lecture will cover the following projects: White U (1976), Sendai Mediatheque (2001), National Taichung Theater (2005), Minna no Mori – Gifu Library Media Cosmos (2015). A few images do not have a reliable quality, but it still gives a good overview.

A Conversation on Japanese Architecture
Lecture by Toyo Ito, UC Berkeley Center for Japanese Studies’ 50th Anniversary program of Events, 2010
Toyo Ito talks about The Berkeley Art Museum Pacific Film Archive (2006) and Tama Art University Library (2006), National Taichung Theater (2006-), the competition project for the City Library in Oslo (2010). The lecture ends with a short interview.

Islands and Villages – Toyo Ito in OmishimaCCAchannel, 2018
Toyo Ito built a museum on this island in 2011. Since then he founded his own architecture school there and his own home Silverhut was transferred to the island. Together with students he brought new life to the island.

Toyo Ito on architecture as “a piece of clothing”Dezeen studio production, 2014
Toyo Ito, 2013 Pritzker Prize Winner, tells Dezeen that while his buildings differ in material and style, the connecting link between them is their close relationship with the people who live there. He adds, “When I think of architecture, I think of it as a piece of clothing that should be draped around people.” Many of the shapes he uses in his buildings come from nature.

Tadao Ando

Artist Talk: Tadao Ando
Lecture by Tadao Ando, The Art Institute of Chicago, 2018
Architect Tadao Ando tells a personal story about his life. How did he become an architect, how he got to where he is now, where he got his inspiration from … By means of various anecdotes Ando gives us an insight into his life and beliefs.

Tadao Ando – Ichigoni 152 by Pundersons Gaardens
A film about the Ichigoni 152 project in Manhattan.

The Church on the water Short Film
A brief visual introduction to “Church on the water”, made in 2013-2014. This beautiful church is located in Hokkaido (near Tomamu) and dates back to 1988.

Tadao Ando – From Emptiness to Infinity
MAGNETFILM, a beautiful documentary from 2013, this video is behind a paywall.

Tadao Ando
A documentary made by Michael Blackwood in 1988, the early years of Tadao Ando, this video is behind a paywall.

Tezuka Architects

Beyond Architecture
Lecture by Takaharu Tezuka, Harvard GSD, 2013
Since the turn of the century, our relationship with technology has changed; We use technology to make us feel more ‘human’, said Takaharu Tezuka, who runs Tezuka Architects in Tokyo with his wife Yui. Projects covered: The House Without Walls (2000), Floating Roof House (2004), Fuji Kindergarten (2007) and Ring Around a Tree (2011).

Fuji Yochien (2007): De beste kleuterschool die je ooit hebt gezien
Takaharu Tezuka, in a 2014 TED talk about Tokyo’s oval-shaped kindergarten.

In Residence: Yui and takaharu Tezuka’s home
NOWNESS, 2017 (about their 2003 home)

Junya Ishigami

Junya Ishigami, Recent Work
Lecture by Junya Ishigami, in the series “A new Innocence: Emerging Trends in Japanese Architecture”, Harvard GSD, 2011
In this lecture he presents nine projects: Magic table (9.5 mx 2.6 m, 3 mm thick), Venice Bienale Pavilion 2008, Lake project, buiding in existing building, KAIT Workshop, Cafeteria for University, Venice Bienale 2010 Arsenale, Yohji Yamamoto NY store, Square balloon.

Junya Ishigami – Kanagawa Institute of Technology Workshop
Goethe-Institut, 2015
Short movie with an introduction to his vision.

Junya Ishigami Interview: Creating Nature with TimeLouisiana Channel, 2020
“If things created by humans should function next to natural things, the passing of time is necessary. Only the passage of time will bring forward the kind of landscape I want to create.” according to Junya Ishigami. This short video is about the poetic landscape project ‘Water Garden’.

Junya Ishigami interview: Serpentine Pavilion 2019 | ArchitectureDezeen, 2019
Junya Ishigami explains how his design for the Serpentine Pavilion was built to resemble a ‘stone hill’.

Serpentine Galleries, 2019

Kengo Kuma

Kengo Kuma: From Dundee to Tokyo
Lecture by Kengo Kuma, V&A Dundee, 2019
Lecture by Kengo Kuma about V&A Dundee museum (2018) and the National Olympic Stadium in Tokyo (2020).
The museum in Scotland is inspired by the cliffs of North Eastern Scotland. In this film, Kengo Kuma presents his approach to design and the relationship between the two projects. He also speaks about the Hiroshige Museum in Japan and other various small projects.

Kengo Kuma – Nezu Museum Tokyo
Goethe-Institut, 2015
An explanation by Kengo Kuma about the Nezu Museum project. It’s about the meaning of the roof in Japanese architecture, as well as the importance of shade.

Step by step
GAA Foundation, Wallpaper
Time, Space, Existence: How Kengo Kuma Embarks on a Project
Wisdom of Craft: Designing human space with human, warm materials
Merging with time & Achieving with people

The future of Japanese craftmanship
Monocle Films about Kengo Kuma, 2015
About the role of the architect in the eco-system in Japan.

Sensing Spaces: Architecture reinvented
About the vision of Kengo Kuma
Royal Academy of Arts, 2014

From Concrete to Wood: Why Wood Matters
Lecture by Kengo Kuma, Harvard GSD, 2016
The Tohoku earthquake and tsunami shattered coastal cities in Japan in 2011. As a starting point for his experiences in the aftermath of that natural disaster, Kengo Kuma will examine man’s relationship with nature, question the perceived strength of steel and concrete, and propose to introduce wood into the design as an honest and pragmatic mediator between man and nature.

Sou Foujimoto

Between simplicity and complexity / Between nature and arcitecture
Lecture by Sou Fujimoto in the context of in: situ 2015, The New Zealand Institute of Architects, 2015
With an introduction by Andrew Barrie
He outlines his background and talks about Serpentine Pavilion in 2013, the NA House in Tokyo (2011), Soak Mirage ‘Particles of Light’, Toilet in nature, House N, Musashino Art Library, L’Arbre Blanc Montpellier, Forest of Music – house of Music in Budapest.

The infinite possibilities of open field architecture
Interview with Sou Fujimoto in the context of Design Indaba
Sou Fujimoto has a distinctly philosophical approach to his profession. In an interview, he tells about what influences his work, how Einstein was his childhood hero and that architecture becomes interesting when it opens up.

Sou Fujimoto on Reinventing the Relationship Between Nature and Architecture
Lecture by Sou Fujimoto, reSITE, Prague, 2018
The relationship of nature in the built world is the main guideline in this lecture by Sou Fujimoto, helping to better understand projects such as the 2013 Serpentine Pavilion or Milles Arbres in Paris.

I tried to create something melting into the green Dezeen
Video from 2013 about the Serpentine Pavilion in London, made by film studio Stephenson / Bishop

Sou Fujimoto – Musashino Art University Museum + Library
Goethe-Institut, 2015

Sou Fujimoto
Studio Walsh, produced by HeHeHe
A short documentary about Sou Fujimoto, on the occasion of the Salone del Mobile 2016 in Milan.

Arata Isozaki

Built / Unbuilt
Lecture by Arata Isozaki, Harvard Graduate School of Design, 2007
Isozaki gives a lecture on realized and unrealized projects.
The lecture starts with the fascinating slide “DANTEUM 1938-1940) through KATSURA (1615-1663) and TSUKUBA (1979-1983)”.

Arata Isozaki: Early Work in Japan
Documentary about a young Arata Isozaki in 1985 by Michael Blackwood. Only the trailer is free, the actual film is behind a paywall. Arata Isozaki blends his Japanese culture and upbringing with a classic Western aesthetic.

Arata Isozaki II: International Projects
Documentary about the international projects of Arata Isozaki in 1990 by Michael Blackwood. Only the trailer is free, the actual film is behind a paywall. Arata Isozaki blends his Japanese culture and upbringing with a classic Western aesthetic.

Arata Isozaki – Time Space Existence
Short film in the Time Space Existence series, realized by the GAA Foundation
Isozaki speaks about absolute silence as extravagance, about time without space, about no time and no space, about ma, about the importance of spaces in between, new architectural styles in response to situations, …

Fumihiko Maki

Towards a Humane Architecture
Lecture by Fumihiko Maki, Kinoshita Lecture in Architecture, Chinese University of Hong Kong, School of Architecture, 2018
Maki introduces Kenzo Tange as his mentor, as does José Luis Sert when he was a student at Harvard. Important moments in his life were metabolism and his participation in CIAM. All these people involved in this respect respected Le Corbusier who was a central hub at the time. Everyone was on the boat of modernism. That’s how his career started. He discusses a number of projects such as Kaze-no-oka crematorium (1997), Hillside Terrace (1969-1992), Masschusetts Institute of Technology, the Media Lab Complex (2009), Republic Polytechnic (2007), Aga Khan Museum (2014), Singapore Mediacorp (2015), Shenzhen Sea Wolrd Culture and Arts Center (2017), the Bihar Museum in Patna (2017), Ground Zero Redevlopment meetin in 2005, …

Memory in Architecture
Lecture by Fumihiko Maki in the Memory Marathon, designed by Herzog & deMeuron at the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in 2012,
Born in 1928, Maki grew up in Tokyo, a city of low wooden houses at the time. Tsuchiura House in 1935 was his first modern house he saw, which shaped him. As a child, he saw beautiful homes by the modernist architect Yoshio Taniguchi and saw large ships in Yokohama harbor. His modernist mind was formed. Kenzo Tange, Jose Luis Sert, Paul Rudolph, … people who helped define his life. His travels to the west …
Wonderful reading! About life, death, architecture, memory with poetic elegance and wisdom.

The Construction of Place
Lecture by Fumihiko Maki, Japan Society NYC, 2015
Lecture about Maki’s work

Humanity in Architecture
Vision of Fumihiko Maki in the context of TIME SPACE EXISTENCE, PLANE-SITE, 2018
Short film in the Time Space Existence series, realized by the GAA Foundation
Maki talks about his minimalist approach, his conscious search for simple shapes, his respect for Kenzo Tange, … his vision on time / space

Akihisa Hirata

Tangling architecture
Lecture by Akihisa Hirata, A + Architecture in Belgium, 2013
In his lecture, Hirata first makes the link to Toyo Ito, where he worked for seven years. He presents the two projects in Belgium on which he was working at the time: Bruges 2002 pavilion and the competition in Ghent for the Music Forum in 2004. He then presents his own work. Hirata gave the lecture on the occasion of an exhibition about her own work in Le Grand Hornu.

Lecture by Akihisa Hirata, in The Bartlett International Lecture Series, UCL Faculty of the Built Environment, 2011-2012
Lecture as a young architect with innovative young concepts on how to approach architectural space.

Interview with Akihisa Hirata – 2012, in InterniMagazine, about the project PHOTOSYNTHESIS i.c.w. Panasonic
Based on the most widespread natural process in the world, the solar panel pavilion created by the Japanese architect together with Panasonic gives concrete shape to the ecosystem.

Bloomberg paviljoen in Tokio
Film made by Akihisa Hirata, published in DIVISARE, about the Bloomberg Pavilion in Tokyo. It shows the passing of the sunlight over the pavilion during a full day.

Overlap House, 2018
Project by Akihisa Hirata, which shows three houses, each in their green environment, blending into the urban space. The video is completely in Japanese, but the images speak for themselves! Or flush a bit until the building …

Atelier Bow-wow

Architectural Behaviorology: The Work of Atelier Bow-Wow
Lecture by Yoshiharu Tsukamoto at the Asian Art Museum, 2019
Atelier Bow-Wow’s philosophy on architectural behavioral sciences sees design as the relationships between different considerations about different behaviors. It observes different behaviors of three main actors in and around architecture: nature (light, wind, heat, humidity, etc.), man (custom, tradition) and the building (typology, building elements). Design practices based on architectural behavioral science address barriers between people and local resources.

Creating better accessibility to the local resources | Commonalities in Architecture
Lecture by Yoshiharu Tsukamoto in Bozar, Brussels, A + Architecture, 2016
This lecture is also about how architectural design can explore the boundary between people and everyday resources; a boundary created during the industrialization process in twentieth-century society. People, natural elements, materials are discussed as everyday elements from the point of view of the behavioral sciences. The design strategy to obtain better accessibility to such shareable sources reveals similarities in architecture.

On the Past and Future of Architecture
Lecture by Shohei Shigematsu & Atelier Bow-Wow, Japan Society NYC, 2019
Tokyo’s architectural landscape is constantly changing in response to social conditions. The fast approaching Summer Games of 2020 have also been a major boost to the current changes. What is Tokyo’s challenge for architects and what is the fascination of this metropolis? Atelier Bow-Wow initiates a conversation about Tokyo’s changing architectural landscape with Shohei Shigematsu, a partner at OMA and the director of OMA’s New York office.
First, both agencies present their work, followed by a conversation.

Islands and Villages: the post-urban phenomenon | Atelier Bow-Wow in Momono-ura
CCAchannel, 2018
In Japan, architects are looking beyond the city to reinvent their practice. In this documentary series, Kayoko Ota visits some of the rural locations where these experiments take place, and interviews practitioners to understand how this suburban turn can help formulate a new architecture for today.
Atelier Bow-Wow (Yoshiharu Tsukamoto and Momoyo Kaijima) work with a comprehensive architectural practice that integrates historical analysis and ethnography with building design and construction. They recently applied this methodology to revive the small fishing village of Momonoura, which was devastated by the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. In this video, Tsukamoto and Kaijima talk about how their research in the village has provided them with a new model for interacting with the city, and how their experience running a fishing school has changed their perception of the office one has as an architect.

YKK AP Inc. and Atelier Bow-Wow collaborated on a project for the Milano Salone.
Short film about their fascination with windows, which is pushed to the limit. They speak of “window behaviorology”.

a+u 11:03 Atelier Bow-Wow
Made by Shinkenchiku
Short, fun video with a walk through the building where Atelier Bow-wow is located.


Architecture is Environment
Lecture by Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, Harvard Graduate School of Design, 2011
SANAA’s Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa discuss their recent works. This lecture is part of the series “A New Innocence: Emerging Trends in Japanese Architecture”.
The lecture shows the 21st Century Museum in Kanazawa, EPFL project in Lausanne, temporary pavilion Serpentine Gallery London, … they will also show their projects on the arts islands of Teshima and Inujuma. Nishizawa’s Garden House is also shown. Furthermore, the Hokusai Museum in Tokyo, a small library, and Louvre Lens.

Architecture and Landscape
Lecture by Ryue Nishizawa as part of the Baumer Lecture Series # 7, at the Knowlton School, 2016
About the landscape and architecture. Nishizawa proposes nine projects: Grace Farms, Rolex Learning Center, the Teshima Art Museum, the Fukita Pavilion next to a shrine, Greenhouse, the Garden House, Campus in Okayama and Louvre Lens

Architecture on Stage: Kazuyo Sejima
Lecture by Kazuyo Sejima at the Barbican Center in 2017.
Sejima and Nishizzawa each have their own desk next to their SANAA communal desk. Here Sejima gives a lecture about her own work.

Kazuyo Sejima (SANAA) // The Architecture Project
Interview by José Tomas Franco from Archdaily, 2016
Among other things, it is about the use of the color white, about the concept of public space

Rolex Learning Center, Lausanne
SANAA wins the Daylight Award for the Rolex Learning Center. They hereby give an interview for Vernissage TV, 2014
The building is explained, as well as their vision of the space.

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2009 by Kazuo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa of SANAA
Presentation of the pavilion by Serpentine Galleries

Short presentation of six projects in the SANAA office, 2013 by YumikoYamada, associate in the office, organized by Stockholms Arkitekförening / The Stockholm Association of Architects
Projects shown: Museum in Kanazawa, New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, the Glass Pavilion in the Toledo Museum of Art, the Almere theater in the Netherlands, the Rolex Learning Center and the Louvre Lens

New Museum of Contemporary Art and SANAA architect, Kazuyo Sejima
The museum was looking for a bold statement from a young agency!

The Moriyama House
Barbican Meets: Ryue Nishizawa (SANAA)
A project in which all functions are placed in separate boxes on the site. The project was built temporarily in the Barbican.

The Moriyama House
“Moriyama House | Urban Context | Ryue Nishizawa ”, created by a student from the University of New South Wales. It is a three-dimensional reconstruction, which is of course a shame, but on the other hand it provides insight into the project

The Moriyama House
The actual version – in combination with a model – made by Museo MAXXI

Teshima Art Museum
A great video about building the Teshima Art Museum, a project by Ryue Nishizawa. This beautiful concrete shell shows the synergy between the architect and artist Rei Naito

A Room of Her Own: Rei Naito and Light – Japan Cuts 2016
A short poetic film that starts from Rei Naito, and revolves around the Teshima Art Museum. Made by JapanSocietyNYC

Islands and Villages | Kazuyo Sejima on Inujima
In Japan, architects are looking beyond the city to reinvent their practice. In this documentary series, Kayoko Ota visits some of the rural locations where these experiments take place, and interviews practitioners to understand how this suburban turn can help formulate a new architecture for today.

Since 2010, Kazuyo Sejima has been involved in an unusual program to restore the small island community of Inujima. Working within a dense network of local residents, visiting artists, students and tourists, Sejima directs a series of precise interventions relating to site-specific histories and landscape considerations. In this video, the architect outlines her process, discusses the benefits of working with the ‘smallness’ of the island’s context and explains how her experience with Inujima has opened her eyes to the ability of architects and users to actively the environment around them.

Hiroshi Sambuichi

Sambuichi Interview: Building with Sun, Water and Air
Travel through an enchanting sea of light and darkness, orchestrated by Japanese architect Hiroshi Sambuichi. Here he shares his thoughts behind the miraculous water and light installation in an old underground water reservoir in Denmark.

Hiroshi Sambuichi was interviewed by Christian Lund in March 2017 in connection with his installation “The Water” at the Cisterns in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Sambuichi Interview: One with the Earth’s Cycle
“Architecture must thrive like a plant.” Gain insight into the philosophy of a forerunner in sustainable architecture, Japanese architect Hiroshi Sambuichi, and hear how he created some of his unique site-specific buildings.

As a child, Sambuichi lived close to nature, on the Seto Inland Sea, and feels that this proximity developed his love for the water, the wind and the sun – elements that are crucial in his work.
When he was to build the Rokkō Shidare Observatory (at an altitude of 1,000 meters, making it the tallest of all his buildings) on the top of Mount Rokkō in Kobe, Japan, Sambuichi spent a year studying the different water conditions.
He reviews the Rokkō Shidare Observatory, the Seirensho Art Museum at Inujima, the Naoshima Hall, Orizuru Towers.

Portrait of Hiroshi Sambuichi, Laureate of The Daylight Award 2018 for Daylight in Architecture
Hiroshi Sambuichi is a master of balancing the relationship between nature and architecture. The movement of earth, wind, air, water and sun are an integral part of his buildings, including the Shizuki Castle House and Naoshima Hall in Japan. As such, its buildings exist in harmony with their environment.
His approach ensures that daylight is always present in his variable life. It does not objectify light as a unique event, but rather opens our consciousness and experience of light to be timeless, fluid and rich.

Go Hasegawa

Amplitude in the Experience of Space
Lecture by Go Hasegawa, Harvard GSD in 2017
“Architectural spaces can take away or awaken skills and sensations that we humans naturally possess. Through practice, I’ve always been aware of that – how can we extend our skills and sensations with architectural spaces? especially about from the point of view of spatial dimension, gravity and time, with my various projects. “

Same reading, but more extensive at AA School London, 2017

Difficult Double / Kazunari Sakamoto
Lecture by Go Hasegawa, Super Monday Lecture, EPFL, Lausanne, 2015
About his mentor Kazunari Sakamoto (1943) at Tokyo Institute of Technology and his second mentor Yoshiharu Tsukamoto (Atelier Bow-Wow)
About his PhD The Scalar Rhetoric of Spatial Dimensioning – Relative Spatial Dimensioning in One Architecture, Composition of Stories, Arrangement of rooms and Arrangement of Elements (2015)
About La Congunta by Peter Märkli, 1995
About Museum Liner Appenzell, Gigon & Guyer, 1998
Very interesting analysis!

New proportions
Short lecture by Go Hasegawa on proportions, Politecnico Milano, MIAW 2016
He’s talking about Modulor, Vitruvian Man, the Fibonacci sequence, the golden ratio,
He talks about a paradigm shift from relationships for order and beauty to relationships for relationships and the narrative. He is specifically talking about the Pilotis in a Forest House.
New relationships to sharpen our senses, to renew relationships, meaning, gravity and life.

House in Komazawa, 2011

Pilotis in a Forest House / Go Hasegawa
Made by Shinkenchiku

Hiroshi Sugimoto

Recent work
Lecture by artist-photographer-architect Hiroshi Sugimoto, for the Architectural League, NY, 2018
Hiroshi Sugimoto is a multidisciplinary artist who increasingly works in architecture. He discusses projects such as: Enoura Observatory; Go-Oh Shrine; and Sugimoto Versailles.
The lecture will be followed by a conversation with Billie Tsien, director of Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects | Partners.

The infinite and the immeasurable
Studio Visit: Hiroshi Sugimoto
Short video by Christie about the start of Sugimoto’s career.

Hiroshi Sugimoto Interview: Between Sea and Sky
Enjoy this visually stunning video starring the legendary Japanese artist Hiroshi Sugimoto. Here he describes the outward experience he had photographing the moon from a cliff 100 meters above the sea, which later culminated in his continuous “Seascape” photographic sequence of the sea and its horizon.
Hiroshi Sugimoto was interviewed by Haruko Hoyle at Enoura Observatory in Odawara, Japan in June 2018.

Memories of Origin
Superb film about Hiroshi Sugimoto: The internationally acclaimed contemporary artist continued to surprise the world with his discoveries of hidden beauty through the camera lens, presenting them through precise compositions on photographic paper. This film, which follows Sugimoto for 200 days as he travels the world creating works of art in various locations, reveals his inner journey driven by eternal curiosity.


Finally, the beautiful traditional Sugimoto House to end this contemporary range in traditional beauty. Experience life in the minimalist Sugimoto house in Kyoto from 1743
The Sugimoto House 1
The Sugimoto House 2



Lectures / interviews

Interview with Peter Zumthor

Different kinds of Silence

This is an interview from 2015 between Peter Zumthor and Marc-Christoph Wagner (Louisiana Channel, Museum of Modern Art). In this extensive and rare biographical video interview, Peter Zumthor, from his architecture studio in Haldenstein, tells the compelling story of his childhood, his studies in NYC and the strong influence of his parents.

TED – Ideas worth spreading

Under the headings TED Talks, where TED stands for Technology Entertainment Design, are short explanations about powerful ideas under 18 minutes to keep the attention optimal.

Alejandro Aravena (2014)
My architectural philosophy? Bring the community into the process

Daniel Liebeskind (2012)
Architecture is a Language

Bjarke Ingels (2019)
An architect’s guide to living on Mars
Floating Cities, the LEGO House and other architectural forms of the future

Ole Scheeren (OMA) (2016)
Why great architecture should tell a story

Shigeru Ban (2013)
Emergency shelters made from paper

Een uitgebreide selectie architectuur vindt u hier


BOZAR and A + Architecture in Belgium dive into their audiovisual archives to bring some of the most interesting architecture lectures to your screen.

Lecture by David Chipperfield (2019)
Lecture by Grafton Architects (2013)
Lecture by Arno Brandlhuber (2017)
Lecture by Monadnock (2020)
Lecture by Christian Kerez (2017)
Lecture by Baukunst (2019)
Lecture by Adam Caruso (2015)


Lezingenarchief van Architectuurwijzer

Lecture series from the Yale School of Architecture

Lecture by Leon Krier”: with a.o. . a lecture by Leon Krier about Le Corbusier after Le Corbusier, a re-reading of Le Corbusier’s work in 2015


Videos – interviews – conversations about interiors by well-known architects, designers and artists including classics such as John Lautner, Rudolph Schindler, Luis Barragan, …

Movies about Le Corbusier

A wide collection with dozens of videos, interviews, conversations, projects including Villa Savoye, Chandigarh, Pessac, … with fine exposés by Le Corbusier you will find “(extern)here”:


They too are finding their way into the lockdown.

VAi@home: everything to experience architecture from your cozy home
Via this link you will find a page with 360 degree walkthroughs through the current exhibitions, on the site of Room of One’s Own with color drawings of DOGMA, link to designer goods online, …

A +
Lockdown Reading
Every week, A + places a number of projects online that have recently appeared in their magazines.
Each time a different journal from the archive is featured.
Subscribe to the newsletter of A +

Center for architecture, urbanity and landscape in the Kempen.
Ar-Tur calls to submit projects for good village architecture.



We start with film! First and foremost, we give a number of opportunities for films that are temporarily made available due to the corona virus. Don’t wait too long to look at it, because the links will expire at the end of May. Furthermore, a link to a site with a whole range of architectural films …


Urbanized (2011) – Gary Hustwit

Tijdelijk kan je alle films van Gary Hustwit uitzonderlijk gratis bekijken op zijn website. Zijn nieuwste documentaire “Rams” over Dieter Rams zou gescreened worden in BOZAR op 29 maart maar is dus jammer genoeg uitgesteld. De documentaire Urbanized betreft het ontwerp van steden, voornamelijk de bottom-up aanpak komt aan bod. Enkele van de steden waarop wordt ingezoomd zijn Stuttgart, Bogota, New York, Cape Town en Brighton.

VRT – tijdelijk en uitzonderlijk aanbod

VRT NU brengt een extra aanbod kunst- en cultuurprogramma’s: een zorgvuldige keuze van kunst- en cultuurprogramma’s, met als uitschieter in het aanbod de reeks Enkele klassiekers van Jef Cornelis, een samenwerking tussen de VRT en ARGOS, centrum voor audiovisuele kunsten in Brussel. Jef Cornelis was actief bij de openbare omroep van 1964 tot 1998, en liet een indrukwekkend oeuvre na van films en programma’s over hedendaagse kunst. Hij was een grote pleitbezorger van hedendaagse beeldende kunst en zette het televisiemedium, toen het massamedium bij uitstek, in om het over kunst te hebben.
Jef Cornelis – De straat
Jef Cornelis had een sterke interesse voor ruimtelijke ordening in Vlaanderen. Zoals te zien in onder andere ‘De Straat’ en ‘Rijksweg N1’, bezint hij over de straat als een sturend element in haar omgeving. Van, voor en door iedereen. Als een uitdrukking en een verschijnsel van de maatschappij zelf.

Jef Cornelis – OMA: Rem Koolhaas
Jef Cornelis en zijn ploeg brengen in 1989 een portret van architect Rem Koolhaas. De film combineert de sterktes van maker en protagonist duidelijk. Ze werpt zich op als gids van de architectuur van Koolhaas, en illustreert hoe Cornelis een vinger aan de pols had op het gebied van ontwikkelingen in cultuur.

Alle films van Jef Cornelis zijn beschikbaar tot 31 mei en vind je via deze link

Er zijn ook schitterende documentaires over René Heyvaert, Robbrecht&Daem (Goudvis), Bauhaus, …

Het koninkrijk van René Heyvaert
René Heyvaert (1929-1984) wordt bewonderd door andere kunstenaars, maar is bijna onbekend bij het grote publiek. Naar aanleiding van een uitgebreide tentoonstelling in Museum M in Leuven, spraken documentairemakers Pieter Verbiest en Bertrand Lafontaine met tal van mensen die Heyvaert van dichtbij hebben gekend of voor wie hij een belangrijke inspiratiebron is geweest. Het leverde een rijkgeschakeerd portret op van een de meest intrigerende naoorlogse Belgische kunstenaars. Een verhaal over compromisloze architectuur. Over kunst die zich niet in vakjes laat stoppen. Maar ook over ambitie, teleurstelling en veerkracht. Deel via whatsappDeel via facebookDeel via twitterDeel via emailKopieer Link

Goudvis – Robbrecht en Daem
Architectuur moet dienstbaar zijn, volgens architecten Paul Robbrecht en Hilde Daem. Het concertgebouw in Brugge bijvoorbeeld is geen spektakelarchitectuur, maar wel een gebouw waarin spektakels goed gedijen. Deze documentaire film gaat op zoek naar de stille spraakkunst van het veelzijdige oeuvre van Robbrecht en Daem, dat een groeiend succes kent in binnen- en buitenland. Die grammatica heeft een duidelijk picturaal elan: hoe valt het daglicht binnen in een woning, welk parcours kan je volgen in een publieke ruimte waarin kunst wordt geïntegreerd? Al wandelend door zowel grote als kleine projecten wordt een boog gemaakt tussen boshut en concertgebouw, tussen paviljoenen en een oude melkerij.

Bauhaus – Wassily Chair
Als je erop begint te letten, zie je de Wassily-zetel van Marcel Breuer nog overal. Gudrun De Geyter bekeek hem van dichtbij. Breuer was een van de bekendste meubelontwerpers van Bauhaus en later succesvol architect. De zetel illustreert wat Bauhaus wilde bereiken : aangenaam en betaalbaar wonen dankzij sterke ontwerpen die industrieel konden worden gemaakt.

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Bruno Vanbesien, our chairman, searched the internet and collected no less than 250 architecture documentaries.
More information, trailers and possible rental information about these films can be found on our IMDb profiel.

On vimeo-on-demand you can also rent or buy a large number of these films.
Both on youtube as on vimeo there are of course also free documentaries to watch such as:

Kowloon Walled City from 1980 by Christian Cascio and Marc Boulet
This movie is about a superdense hidden city in Kowloon. 50,000 people live together on 2 ½ ha of land, in other words a density of 2 million people per km2, awithout water and electricity.

A Profile about Carlo Scarpa from 1996 by Murray Grigor
An image by Architect Carlo Scarpa – the master of details.

Technology and Nature over Alvar Aalto from 1996 by Ywe Jalander
Filmed in his native Finland, in Italy, Germany and the US, the director looks at the life and work of the architect, Alvar Aalto (1898-1976). Focused on his gift of harmonizing technology and nature in his designs, he looks at all aspects of his work and examines his creative style in the context of his time, the traditions he inherited and the land and climate in which he lived.

My Architect, A Sons Journey over Louis Kahn from 2003 by Nathaniel Kahn
Documentary about the American architect Louis Kahn (1901-1974), by his son Nathaniel Kahn, which describes the extraordinary career of his father the architect and his family history after his death in 1974.

Manufactured Landscapes from 2004 by Ed Burtynsky
Photographer Edward Burtynsky, who received his 2005 TED Prize, makes a wish: that his images – stunning landscapes documenting humanity’s impact on the world – help persuade millions to participate in a global conversation about durability. Burtynsky presents an immersive slide show of his photos, which vividly show how industrial development is changing the Earth’s natural landscape. From mountain tires to rivers of bright orange nickel mine waste, his images are beautiful and gruesome at the same time.

A vida é um sopro over Oscar Niemeyer from 2007 by Fabiana Maciel
Complete documentary “Life is a breath” about the life and work of Oscar Niemeyer, Brazilian architect. The film tells the story of Oscar Niemeyer, one of the most recognized Brazilian architects. In a relaxed way it is about architecture, stories of the architect, political struggles and his passion for women. The documentary shows beautiful images of many of his works, the Casa das Canoas, the Planalto Palace, the headquarters of the French Communist Party, the University of Constantine, the MAC Niterói, among others.

Addicted to Every Possibilty over Maarten Van Severen en zijn zonen from 2014 by Moon Blaisse
The well-known designer and architect Maarten van Severen dies in 2005. He left us with one of the most extraordinary furniture collections and some beautiful architectural projects, as well as 4 young sons who carry some of their father’s talent and personality. As we follow the boys’ steps towards a promising future, we reconstruct their father’s tumultuous and tragic life. When his sons are faced with some of the same challenges and problems as their father, history seems to repeat itself.

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