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Architecture on Film

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A simultaneously symphonic and intimate journey around the world with Rem Koolhaas, reflecting upon his career, projects and philosophy.

Structured through quotes from the architect and a soaring orchestral score from composer Murray Hidary, Rem narrates the film in an almost unbroken monologue.

OMA partner Shohei Shigematsu adds his thoughts, as do the inhabitants of the Maison à Bordeaux (1998) and Villa dall'Ava (1991), and two users of the Seattle Library. The camera moves through buildings in use or under construction attesting to architecture as a living organism, and trails the architect from behind, seeking to allow us to see the world through his eyes.

Koolhaas is undoubtedly one of architecture’s most original thinkers, and has long been the subject of intense media scrutiny. Rem is a man verging on a myth. REM, created over four years by the architect’s son, Tomas Koolhaas, pays homage to this mythology and constructs a cinematic biographical companion to help explain and frame it.

Interested in seeing O.M.A Rem Koolhaas as well? See both screenings for £16. Discount applied at checkout.

US 2016 Tomas Koolhaas 75 min

Architecture on Film is curated by The Architecture Foundation, in partnership with the Barbican.

*This film has been locally classified by the Barbican Centre

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