ARTE : Collection Architectures

Presents from 1996 on our small screens, the collection Architectures of the Franco-German channel Arte is a documentary series initiated by producer Richard Copans and author and director Stan Neumann. This twenty-minute short and monothematic format, centered on an iconic architectural achievement, returns this year with new episodes to view the 22 and 29 October.

With more than 60 movies split into eleven DVD boxes, Architectures passes through time with ever more in-depth surveys of emblematic buildings, thus unveiling the smallest of their little secrets.


After tackling Roissy 1 or the Wan Shan Guest House in Hangzhou (China), the program now tackles four eclectic projects spread throughout the world and at different times: the Prison de la Santé at Paris (14e), directed by Joseph Auguste Émile Vaudremer in 1867; the Green School in Bali (Indonesia) delivered in 2008 by John and Cynthia Hardy; the Médiacité à Liège (Belgium), signed by Ron Arad and Louis Kahn's Exterior Library in New Hampshire (United States). If the first two subjects have already been broadcast, there is still time to catch up on the 22 October to discover the undersides of the Belgian shopping complex characterized by its largely glazed monumental roof; then, the following week, the monumental and geometrical ensemble of the American shelves, one of the last masterpieces of Louis Kahn, famous New York architect of Estonian origin who died almost 50 years ago.

Who said that Sunday morning woman could not rhyme with culture and architecture?

Architectures, 22 and 29 October to 11h15 on Arte.

To learn more, visit the Arte website

Photographs: Richard Copans
1) Library, Exter (United States), Louis Kahn
2) Green School, Bali (Indonesia), John and Cynthia Hardy
3) Prison de la Santé, Paris (14th arrondissement), Joseph Auguste Émile Vaudremer
4) Médiacité, Liège (Belgium), Ron Arad

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