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The Resene Architecture & Design Film Festival is coming to a city near you

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The annual Resene Architecture & Design Film Festival delivers a compelling line-up for 2017

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The Resene Architecture & Design Film Festival is coming to a city near you

HOME is proud to be a lead sponsor of the Resene Architecture & Design Film Festival, which returns to cinemas around the country this year. It’s not often such a carefully curated selection of design-centric films winds up in one place: we suggest you see as many as you can.

Though there are some standouts, such as Windshield: A Vanished Vision, which is an exceptional tale of Richard Neutra’s biggest and first house out of California. John Nicholas Brown and his wife Anne commissioned Neutra to build a house Brown hoped would be “a distinguished monument in the history of architecture”. The result is a house they called ‘Windshield’. Tragically, the couple barely lived in it. Watch the trailer below, for a taster:


By contrast, Where Architects Live is an exploration into eight architects’ own homes, including Zaha Hadid, Shigeru Ban and David Chipperfield – the film’s genius is that it plumbs different ways of living and inhabiting spaces. Check out the trailer below:


It was following a chance meeting with Ghandi that British-born architect Laurie Baker devoted himself to India and worked to create beautiful, affordable, environmentally conscious housing. The Pritzker Prize-nominated architect used ordinary materials in dynamic ways and sought to make architecture accessible to everyone.

Uncommon Sense: The Life and Architecture of Laurie Baker is a poetic look at his work and reveals why he was often called the Father of Indian Green Architecture. Take a look at his inspiring work below:


Few architects have shaped our view of the future more than Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen, who died at the age of 51. In Eero Saarinen: the Architect Who Saw the Future, his story is told by his son Eric Saarinen, an architectural photographer.

The film covers Saarinen’s most high-profile projects, including the extraordinary TWA Flight Centre and the St Louis Gateway, but it’s rather ambivalent about his personal life. “Work was the most important thing for him,” says Saarinen junior. “But I forgive him for his genius.”  Check out the trailer below:


Resene Architecture and Design Festival
Auckland: 4-17 May
Wellington: 18 May-4 June
Dunedin: 8-18 June
Christchurch: 29 June-12 July

Click here to see the full programme

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