Meeting at the building

It's a summer morning at the Building 111 of Terrassa. The courtyard hosts the daily activities of the neighbors and a newcomer is preparing to join the community.

2012. DOCUMMENTARY SHORTFILM (5 minutes, 22 seconds) by Adrià Lahuerta.

Awards
2013 Best International Documentary Shortfilm at ARQFILMFEST, Chile
Festivals
2015 Festival de Arquitectura Contemporánea IAC, Caracas, Venezuela
2013 5th Budapest Architecture Film Days
2013 LOOP / Screen Festival Barcelona
2013 Festival de Cine y Arquitectura de Avilés, FICARQ
2013 IX Ponferrada Film Festival
2013 Arquiteturas Film Festival Lisboa
2013 VII Istanbul Internationa Architecture and Urban Films Festival

Synopsis

This film explores the social dimension of architecture hosted by Building 111 (Terrassa, Spain), designed by Flores & Prats Architects. By means of a pure documentation without the aid of filters or scripts, real moments in the daily Summer routine of the inhabitants of the social housing complex, Carlota Coloma and Adrià Lahuerta (15-L. Films) interpret the attempt of the architects to give the neighborhood a central role in society as a second family, a ‘second circle of intimacy’, subverting the contemporary tendency toward isolation and individuality. While the building is limited from the street by a large outer wall, on the inside, the enclosure is blurred and opens out in overlapped folds, where a system of balconies and terraces become an unexpected shared space to socialize. This vertical square surrounds a large empty space at the center of the complex, a platform for social gatherings and for encouraging communication and relationships with friends and local residents. The central community space also becomes an intermediate element between the city and the surrounding landscape, thanks to the views through the enormous opening that frames the Torresana Park.’

Credits

Production Company/ies:  15-L Films, Flores & PratsDirector : Adrià Lahuerta

Producer: Luís Lago
Music composer: Odetta ‘’meeting at the building’’

Agreements: Vecinos edificio 111 : Laura, Isabel, Trini, Juan y Ana, Antonio, Jordi, Joan, Magda, Patricio, Juan José, Juan Alberto, Miguel, Illyassa y Yolanda

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Synopsis

It’s a summer morning at the Building 111 of Terrassa. The courtyard hosts the daily activities of the neighbors and a newcomer is preparing to join the community.

‘Building 111 acts as a vertical square by offering residents a second circle of intimacy.

This film explores the social dimension of architecture hosted by Building 111 (Terrassa, Spain), designed by Flores & Prats Architects.

By means of a pure documentation without the aid of filters or scripts, real moments in the daily Summer routine of the inhabitants of the social housing complex, Carlota Coloma and Adrià Lahuerta (15-L. Films) interpret the attempt of the architects to give the neighborhood a central role in society as a second family, a ‘second circle of intimacy’, subverting the contemporary tendency toward isolation and individuality.

While the building is limited from the street by a large outer wall, on the inside, the enclosure is blurred and opens out in overlapped folds, where a system of balconies and terraces become an unexpected shared space to socialize. This vertical square surrounds a large empty space at the center of the complex, a platform for social gatherings and for encouraging communication and relationships with friends and local residents. The central community space also becomes an intermediate element between the city and the surrounding landscape, thanks to the views through the enormous opening that frames the Torresana Park.’

Text by Architecture Player.

Credits

Production Company/ies:  15-L Films, Flores & Prats
Director : Adrià Lahuerta
Producer: Luís Lago
Music composer: Odetta ‘’meeting at the building’’
Colourist/3D:  L’estudi amagat
Agreements: Vecinos edificio 111 : Laura, Isabel, Trini, Juan y Ana, Antonio, Jordi, Joan, Magda, Patricio, Juan José, Juan Alberto, Miguel, Illyassa y Yolanda

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