The best architecture movies, films & DOCUMENTARIES

A full list of the best Architecture movies (films) and documentaries, that every architect and architecture student should watch.

These architecture movies and documentaries cover a broad range of architectural subjects, such as case study houses and buildings, biographies, an inside look into practice life, construction techniques, materiality and stunning architectural photography from Julius Shulman.    

For a deeper synopsis and reader reviews of the best architecture films and documentaries, visit IMDb’s “Movies for Architects” list and architizer’s “A Brief History Of Modern Architecture Through Movies” before buying.

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Architectures vol 1-5

The first five volumes of the documentary series that looks at the work of superstar architects and some of their most renowned creations. The films included across the volumes are: 'The Dessau Bauhaus By Walter Gropius', 'The Siza School', 'Family Lodgings in Guise', 'Nemausus 1'...

 

Infinite Space - John Lautner

The houses of John Lautner are among the most exciting elements of American architecture. Enclosed to an unconditional beauty ideals, their spaces are infinite - from the perspective of the inhabitants, for Lautner's architecture is made for man. Each house...

 

Visual Acoustics: Modernism of Julius Shulman

Visual Acoustics celebrates the life and career of Julius Shulman, the world's greatest architectural photographer, whose images brought modern architecture to the American mainstream. Shulman, who passed away this year, captured the work of nearly every modern and progressive...

Eames: The Architect & The Painter

James Franco narrates this documentary about husband-and-wife design duo Charles and Ray Eames. Widely regarded as America's most important modern designers, they are perhaps best remembered for their mid 20th-century plywood and fibreglass furniture, although...

 

How Much Does your Building Weigh, Mr Foster?

Norman Foster and his unending quest to improve the quality of life through design. Portrayed are emblematic projects such as the largest building in the world, Beijing Airport, the Reichstag, the Hearst Building in New York and works such as the tallest bridge ever in Millau France...

My Architect - A Son's Journey

louis kahn, one of the most famous architects of the Second World War, was also a man of singular personality. Married for decades to the same woman, he had two illegitimate children by two different relationships outside marriage. Nathaniel, the son of his last lover, in this documentary...

 

Architectures Vol 6-7-8 - 3

Volumes six to eight of the documentary series that looks at the work of superstar architects and some of their most renowned creations. The films included across the volumes are: 'The Royal Mosque at Isfahan', 'The Pyramid of the Pharoah Djoser at Saqqara', 'The Philharmonie Luxembourg'... 

Architectures vol. 9

The Architectures collection offers a unique and varied perspective that highlights the richness and diversity of the architecture of the last two centuries 6 documentaries include; The Glass Ship / Frank Gehry , The House of the French Communist Party / Oscar Niemeyer...

 

Architectures vol. 10

6 documentarie including; Wa Shan, guest house - Wang Shu, Roissy 1 - Paul Andreu,  The Iron House - Victor Horta, Exeter Library - Louis I. Kahn, Rikuzentakata House for All - Fujimoto & Inui & Hirata, The hotels of Soubise and Rohan - Delamair & Boffrand...

Kochuu, Japanese Architecture

Swedish-made documentary looking at modern Japanese architecture's roots in tradition, and its impact on the Nordic building tradition. Kochuu translates as 'in the jar', and refers to the Japanese tradition of constructing small, enclosed spaces that create the impression of a separate universe. This film...

 

Philip Johnson: Diary of An Eccentric Architect

"My place in New Canaan is...a diary of an eccentric architect." Thus begins a fascinating look into the mind of one of our most creative and significant architects. Philip Johnson was always on the forefront of stylistic change, and his property in New Canaan, Connecticut, is a kind of...

Rem Koolhaas - A Kind of Architect

Rarely has an architect caused as much sensation outside of the architecture community as Rem Koolhaas. His outstanding creations--such as the Dutch Embassy in Berlin, the Seattle Library and the Casa da Musica concert hall in Porto--are working examples of the Dutchman's visionary theories...

 

Sketches Of Frank Gehry

Frank Gehry and Sydney Pollack are two of the best-known names in their respective fields of architecture and filmmaking. In his first documentary, Academy Award®-winning director Pollack turns his camera on to his long-time friend Gehry, one of the world s most celebrated architects...

Strange & Familiar: Architecture on Fogo Island

What does the future hold for traditional rural societies in a rapidly changing world? On Fogo Island, a small speck in the Atlantic off the coast of Newfoundland, sustaining a unique way of life in the face of a collapsing fishing industry is no small challenge. But when local entrepreneur...

 

Tadao Ando

"From Emptiness to Infinity" pays homage to one of the world's most renowned architects, Japanese minimalist master Tadao Ando (born 1941), offering an exclusive glimpse into his work process. Ando is known for his creative implementation of natural light, his deft interweaving of interior and exterior space and for designing structures that elegantly evoke the contours...