From Psychopath Lairs to Superhero Mansions: How Cinema and Modernist Architecture Called A Truce

Chemosphere, by John Lautner – the architect whose work has been most used (and abused) by Hollywood. Photo © Joshua White/

This article comes courtesy of ArchDaily friend Charlotte Neilson, the author of the fascinating design blog Casting Architecture, which discusses architecture and production design. Charlotte is not only a dedicated cinephile but also an honours graduate of the University of Newcastle, Australia.

We all know that psychopaths prefer contemporary design. Hollywood has told us so for decades. The classic connection between minimal interiors and emotional detachment (see: any Bond adversary) or modern buildings and subversive values is well documented – and regrettable. The modernist philosophy of getting to the essence of a building was intended to be liberating and enriching for the lives of occupants. Hardly fair then that these buildings are routinely portrayed with villainous associations.

What the representation of Modernist architecture in film tells us about our society, after the break…

Seashore Shell House / Takeshi Hirobe Architects

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Architects: Takeshi Hirobe Architects
Location: , Prefecture, Japan
Structural Engineer: Akira Ouchi /S FORM
Constructor: Kenichi Kataoka/KATAOKAKEN KOMUTEN
Area: 73.03 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Courtesy of Takeshi Hirobe Architects

In Progress: Pulkovo Airport / Grimshaw Architects


Architects: Grimshaw Architects
Location: St Petersburg,
Year: 2013
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Courtesy of Populous
Courtesy of Populous

2018 World Cup: Populous Awarded Rostov Stadium

Populous… was recently selected as the designers of the new Rostov Stadium in Russia, which will be the fourth Populous-designed stadium in the country to be used for the 2018 World Cup, together with Kazan, Saransk, Sochi. Part of an

Festina Lente / Adnan Alagić, Bojan Kanlić & Amila Hrustić

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Architects: Adnan Alagić,Bojan Kanlić & Amila Hrustić
Location: ,
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Adnan Alagić, Bojan Kanlić & Amila Hrustić

In Progress: Hotel IJDock / Bakers Architecten

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Architects: Bakers Architecten
Location: Amsterdam,
Collaborators: Ben Loerakker
Interior Architect: Tomás Alía
Area: 18,000 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Rene den Engelsman, Frank Stahl, YourCaptain Luchtfotografie

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Courtesy of Sasaki Associates

Chicago Riverwalk Proposal / Sasaki Associates + Ross Barney Architects

Sasaki Associates…, along with Ross Barney Architects, Alfred Benesch Engineers, and a broader technical consultant team, were tasked this year with creating a vision for the six blocks between State Street and Lake Street in Chicago. Building off previous

New United States Courthouse Competition Entry / McCarthy, Brooks + Scarpa, and HMC Architects

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The McCarthy, Brooks + Scarpa, and HMC Architects team just released their proposal for the Design Excellence/design-build competition for new United States courthouse in . Selected to compete thru the General Services Administration two-stage Design Excellence Program, the team is challenged with the approximately 550,000 sq. ft. high-rise building located at 1st and Hill Street. Aiming to be certified LEED Patinum, the design delivers functional efficiency, security, and accessibility for the Court, the U.S. Marshal Service, and the other tenants and users. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Amida House / Kochi Architect’s Studio

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Architects: Kochi Architect’s Studio
Location: Gotenba, Shizuoka,
Architect In Charge: Kazuyasu Kochi
Constractor: Kouei Koumuten
Area: 115.5 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Kazuyasu Kochi, Daici Ano

Stoneridge / In Situ Studio

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Architects: In Situ Studio
Location: , North Carolina,
Contractor: Redfoot and Weber Construction
Area: 4,650 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Richard Leo Johnson, Courtesy of In Situ Studio

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Courtesy of Indian Architect & Builder

361° International Architectural Conference

Taking place in Mumbai, India from March 6th to March 8th, the 361° International Architectural Conference is an initiative by Indian Architect & Builder to create a truly relevant dialogue on architecture. One of the oldest and the most respected…

The Overhang House / DADA & Partners

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Architects: DADA & Partners
Location: New Delhi, Delhi,
Photographs: Ranjan Sharma

Graz Main Station Local Transport Hub / Zechner & Zechner

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Architects: Zechner & Zechner
Location: Europaplatz, , Austria
Architect In Charge: DI. Kai Uwe Preissl
Construction Steel: Zenkner & Handel
Construction Concrete: Schimetta Consult
Client: Holding Graz Linien
Construction Cost: € 90 Million
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Zechner & Zechner

House in Tavira / Vitor Vilhena Architects

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Architects: Vitor Vilhena Architects
Location: ,
Area: 400 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Joao Morgado

Alan Colquhoun via BDOnline
Alan Colquhoun via BDOnline

Influential architect and educator Alan Colquhoun dies at 91

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Complex School in Bobigny / Mikou Design Studio

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Architects: Mikou Design Studio
Location: Bobigny,
Area: 5,000 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Florian Kleinfenn

Yalong Bay Headquarters of COFCO / Zhubo Design Zstudio

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Architects: Zhubo Design Zstudio
Location: Yalong Bay, , , 572016
Design Director: Zhong Qiao
Project Director: Zhang Tiantian
Architecture Designers: Zhang Biqin,Li Jing, Feng Qian
Collaborator: Zhubo Design Shenzhen Company
Area: 3,3400 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Su Shengliang

Maracanã House / Terra e Tuma Arquitetos Associados

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Architects: Terra e Tuma Arquitetos Associados
Location: Lapa, São Paulo, Brazil
Project Team: Danilo Terra, Pedro Tuma, Juliana Assali
Project Area: 185.0 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Pedro Kok