In their documentary film series Living Architectures, Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoîne capture the intimacy of daily life within five icons of contemporary architecture. Each project was designed by a “star” architect and past winner of the Pritzker Prize, which is given to celebrate the “art of architecture” and “its impact on human behavior.” The filmmakers are intrigued by the latter, and rather than feature the buildings themselves, they treat the architecture as a background for the action taking place within and around it. Erasing the split between art and life, commingling the formal and the social, these documentaries chronicle the events within a house, an office, a church, a refectory, and a museum.

Those events include the mundane tasks of upkeep and cleaning in Koolhaas HouseLife (2008), worship in Xmas Meier, celebrating the harvest with a...

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