After the success of Koolhaas Houselife, first movie of the LIVING ARCHITECTURE serie, Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine present a five movie collection that seeks to develop a new way of looking at architecture… Starting with a selected handful of projects by Richard Meier, Frank O. Gehry, Renzo Piano and Herzog & de Meuron.

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Architectural monuments are not portrayed as infallible and distant masterpieces that expect to be devoutly worshipped but as everyday life places that can be explored with a much more down to earth point of view. The serie reveals architecture vitality and fragility and it shows with a humoristic look a vulnerable beauty witnessed by the people who actually live in, use or maintain the buildings.

Our intention is to talk about architecture, or rather to let architecture talk to us, from an inner point of view, both personal and subjective” Comment Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine “These films focus less on explaining the building, its structure and its technical details but let the viewer enter into the invisible bubble of the daily intimacy of some icons of contemporary architecture. Through a series of moments and fragments of life, an unusually spontaneous portrait of the building would emerge. This experiment presents a new way of looking at architecture which broadens the field of its representation”.

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Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine mainly focus their research on experimenting new narrative and cinematographic forms in relation to contemporary architecture. Ila Beka is an Italian artist and filmmaker who lives and works in Paris. He trained as an architect with a degree from the IUAV of Venice and the Ecole Nationale Supé- rieure de Paris-Belleville. Louise Lemoine is a French filmmaker who lives and works in France. She is gradua- ted in cinema and philosophy from the Sorbonne, Paris.

Koolhaas Houselife

First project of the Living Architectures series, Koolhaas Houselife portrays one of the masterpieces of contemporary architecture: the Maison à Bordeaux (Floirac, France) by Rem Koolhaas/OMA. The film lets the viewer enter into the house’s daily intimacy through the stories and daily chores of Guadalupe Acedo, the housekeeper, and the other people who look after the building. Pungent, funny and touching.

Pomerol, Herzog & de Meuron

Second project of the Living Architectures series, Pomerol, Herzog & de Meuron takes us to the party atmosphere of mealtime among the grape-pickers in the dining hall designed by Herzog & de Meuron in Pomerol for one of the most prestigious vineyards in the world. A real punch of vitality

Xmas Meier

Third project of the Living Architectures series, Xmas Meier takes us, during the Christmas season, in the heart of a working-class neighbourhood in the suburbs of Rome, which had been lifted from anonymity to international renown thanks to the church built by Richard Meier for the Jubilee. Controversy, caustic irony and free speech opposed to the faithful’s devotion. Welcome to Rome!

Frank O. Gehry’s Vertigo 

Fourth project of the Living Architectures series, Gehry’s Vertigo shakes up the idealized image of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, one of the most symbolic icons of contemporary architecture. Surprisingly realistic and highly emotional, the film puts us in the shoes of the climbers in charge of glass cleaning, who tirelessly, 30 meters above ground, fight against a few specks of dust. Suspense and vertigo!

Inside Piano

Fifth project of the Living Architectures series, Inside Piano is composed of three films on three symbolic buildings of Renzo Piano’s career. A visit throughout the prototype-building of the Centre Pompidou. An immersion in the soundproof world of a submarine floating in the depths of the Parisian underground. A journey aboard a luminous magic carpet of a highly sophisticated architectural machine. A humorous, caustic and quirky point of view. –