Is This the Most Relaxing Architecture Movie Ever?

This beautiful film celebrates the relationship between architecture and light.

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For those of you in need of an escape after a long, hard week in the studio, here’s a wonderful video that will whisk you away to a world of serenity — complete with landmarks by some of your favorite architects, of course. Make sure to plug in your headphones for this one, and allow yourself a few moments to soak up the dappled light and subtly classical influences of stunning modern architecture.

Directed and edited by Francesco Mansutti, “Luce/Light” guides us through four contemporary buildings in Veneto, Italy, with the same cinematic splendor as the most iconic of Hollywood movies. Watch as Tadao Ando’s Factory, Silvia Dainese’s Black Cube, Massimiliano Fuksas’ Nardini Bull and Daniel Libeskind’s 9/11 Memorial come to life in this short film, which celebrates each building’s dramatic play with light.

Set to scintillating instrumentals composed by Paolo Agostini, the camera virtually floats between these pristine structures, allowing us to observe the details and soak in the emotive qualities of each masterful architectural performance. As the music changes, so does the atmosphere of each space, illustrating how sound can profoundly affect the experiential qualities of architecture.

For more dramatic architectural movies, experience 24 hours inside Olson Kundig’s transforming beachfront house in Washington, or marvel at this audacious fly-through of Tadao Ando’s Cerro Pelon Ranch in Santa Fe County.

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