Architects Herzog and de Meuron: Alchemy of Building/Tate Modern (2001)

Genres - Visual Arts  |   Sub-Genres - Architecture & Design, Biography, Careers  |   Run Time - 77 min.  |   Countries - Switzerland  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Nathan Southern

Two of the late 20th and early 21st century's most prominent architects - Swiss duo Pierre de Meuron and Jacques Herzog - spent their careers virtually rewriting the rules of their chosen field, by coupling a centuries-old art form with a spate of fresh and vital technical innovations. Working in tandem, they devised a magnificent series of structures that ran the gamut of complexity - from the elegant simplicity of a railroad switching station to an unusual winery. Herzog and de Meuron's most wondrous creation, however, lay in the legendary conversion of the Bankside Power Station to London's Tate Modern Gallery. The documentary Architects Herzog and de Meuron: Alchemy of Building Tate Modern travels inside of the men's careers to identify their highly individualistic style and approach to architecture. It was produced on the eve of their reception of the Pritzker Prize. A featurette, Tate Modern, travels inside the conversion of the Bankside to the Tate to study and evaluate the architectural innovations wrought by Herzog and de Meuron there.

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architecture, building

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Low Artistic Quality