An experimental documentary about the Kunsthaus Graz in Austria, a short-listed building for the prestigious Stirling prize in 2004 designed by Spacelab Cook-Fournier GmbH (Sir Peter Cook and Colin Fournier). The film is composed of two parts that explore the architecture from two very different, yet complementary angles: a first, more dynamic, even hectic and attached-to-the-ground section in which the camera penetrates from the outside into the inside; and a second, rather more introspective and peaceful section that allows the viewer to break out of the interior to the exterior to reach the sky. In both parts the façade, the ‘skin’, plays a crucial role in explaining how this ‘alien’ building relates to its surrounding urban context.
Both parts play on the artistic interlace of image and sound. The soundtracks, including distant city soundscapes, ambience noises, human sound and composed music, are carefully layered to make rhythmic sense of every visual change that occurs in the movie. It not only enhances the atmospheric experience of spaces, but also strengthens the sonic dimension of the film.
Screened at Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam in 2009.
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