One Building, One Great Architect, Models and Plans: Each Film is A Compelling Architectural Journey.
The Royal Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans At the end of the 18th century the visionary architect Claude Nicolas Ledoux built a monumental factory for the French king. His entirely original plan is both pragmatic and utopian. La Maison de Verre In 1928 Pierre Chareau designed a "machine for living" that is at the same time poetic and playful. This unclassifiable building has an almost mythical reputation. The Guggenheim Museum of Bilbao Frank Gehry brought his strange and deconstructed forms to the design of a monumental abstract sculpture which appears almost chaotic. Jean Prouve's House In 1953, in the midst of a personal crisis, Jean Prouve created a house just for himself. Put together in next-to-no time, it embodies his most innovative ideas. The Multimedia Library of Sendai This glass cube built in 2001 in Japan by Toyo Ito is a remarkable example of architecture that seems immaterial and evanescent. The Abbey Church of Saint Foy at Conques Built in 1050, this is one of the Christian world's greatest pilgrimage churches, built in the Romanesque style with clarity and light.