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Car Parks - A New Design

3 x 30' (GER, FRE)
We use it daily. It is an integral part of every modern city, but still building infrastructures often fail to adequately incorporate parking spaces into its urban design: a real revolution was necessary.

This three-part series deals with the contemporary architecture with a focus on the topic of the cars. This includes underground and multi-storey car parks as well as the latest motor museums (Porsche) and flagship stores such as Citroen in Paris and Mercedes in Salzburg.

The film was made on location in Europe and Asia covering projects by star architects like Rem Koolhaas, Massimiliano Fuksas, Delugan Meissl, Kengo Kuma, Zaha Hadid. 

Planning control over these utility spaces was wrested from the engineers and handed over to architects and designers. And what was the result? Light, underground chambers were created, that could also serve as banquet halls or even cause associations with cathedrals. Parking towers were created, like glass Doric columns adorning the new cities. And exhibition halls were designed for cars that are so daring, so breathtakingly bold, that it is as if the architects had here found a field in which to create the prototypes of a new architecture for the 21st century.

In order to pay homage adequately to this avant-gardism in a visual way, this series has chosen an entirely new form of execution. Famous architectural photographers condense the essence of each building and the vision of the architect into a few two-dimensional photographs. And while the photographers seek their view points, a steady cam, which is predominantly used in feature films, accompanies them. The camera circles the photographer, choreographing the space and ultimately the architecture. Thus, a fascinating “dance” is created with and around avant-garde projects of the most contemporary architecture.

1. The New Subterranean Garages - Grand Halls
2. The New Car Parks - Exalted Towers
3. The New Exhibition Halls - Accomplished Works of Art

Original Title: Glamour des Abstellraumes
Year: 2009
Length: 3 x 30' (GER, FRE)
Resolution: HD
Film by: Michael Trabitzsch
Produced by: Prounen Film, ZDF, arte

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  • Ep1: The New Subterranean Garages

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  • Ep2: The New Car Parks

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  • Ep3: The New Exhibition Halls

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