21 APR 2016

Architecture & Design Film Festival 2016

It's almost time for the Architecture & Design Film Festival and we can’t wait! Now in its fifth year, this carefully curated festival never fails to provide a serious dose of inspiration. We also have two tickets to give away!

This year, the talented team behind the event have put an emphasis on how architecture and design not only shape our physical environment but also define our communities’. It is a celebration of the ideas and stories that define the world we create.

This year the films have been grouped into 4 themes: Concrete Love, Experiments at Water’s Edge, Design Trailblazers and Living Cities; a broad range of subjects that highlight the breadth and diversity of the design world.

We're very excited about the films on offer this year and will definitely be spending a significant amount of time at the theatre! Once again, there really is something for everyone with a love of design. Check out our top picks for the festival below.

View festival programme

The Festival will be in your city on these dates:

Auckland / May 5 - 18 / Rialto Cinemas

Wellington / May 26 - June 12 / Embassy Theatre

Dunedin / June 16 - 26 / Rialto Cinemas

Christchurch / June 30 - July 13 / Academy Gold

See you there!

WIN A Double Pass to the Festival!

We’re delighted to work with our friends from Clearly and Co. who have curated this film selection. They have generously offered us two tickets to give away.

Enter to win by emailing hello@mrbigglesworthy.co.nz with your name and daytime phone number / mobile. We'll draw the lucky winner early next week.

*Congratulations to Lucy Bowey our lucky winner!

Bauhaus: Model & Myth

The Bauhaus school was the 20th Century’s most influential art, design and architecture school. It became the nucleus of modern architecture and design, with faculty including Walter Gropius, Wassily Kandinsky, Marcel Breuer and Mies van der Rohe. This film is is considered the most far-reaching, critical evaluation of the Bauhaus, giving a fascinating insight into the spirit of the school and its tumultuous history.

Infinite Space: The Architecture of John Lautner

“The purpose of architecture is to create timeless, free, joyous spaces” believed John Lautner. A student of Frank Lloyd Wright’s organic architecture, Lautner broke from his mentor and moved to California to pursue his own unique style. This film follow his brilliant, complicated life and the creation of some of the most sensual, startling and ravishing architecture of the 20th Century. Highlights include Lautner's Elrod House, seen with Sean Connery in Diamonds Are Forever.

Double Feature: Vilanova Artigas: The Architect & The Light + Arquiteto Da Medida Justa (Architect Of The Correct Measure)

This double feature immerses us in Brazil’s unique culture of Modernist Architecture, with a focus on two iconic and celebrated architects, Villanova Artigas and Eduardo de Almeida. Artigas’ early work was influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright, but after returning from studying in the US he developed a love of Brutalism and his material of choice remained concrete throughout his long and fascinating career.

Built on Narrow Land

Imagine Cape Cod in the 40s and 50s. Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer are teaching at Harvard Graduate School of Design and begin summering there. ‘We’ve found Nirvana here on the Cape!’ Breuer exclaimed to a friend. And so it was that Bauhaus inspired a group of rogue bohemian architects to build modernist homes by the New England seaside.

Strange and Familiar: Architecture on Fogo Island

Architect Todd Saunders’ buildings on Fogo Island, Newfoundland, embrace the excitement of being on the edge of nature and contemporary design while fulfilling the goal of doing ‘new things with old ways’. In this film Saunders and commissioner Zita Cobb provide a personal account of the ideas and traditions that inspire this bold and socially ambitious architectural venture.

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