A Movie With Architecture as Star

Architecture & Interiors

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Documentaries aside, there’s not much in the world of film that gets architecture buffs excited. The somewhat obscure 2011 German film Der Preis (The Prize), however, has architecture as its central premise, with the lead character having recently won a competition to transform a clunky, Soviet-era apartment complex in the former East Germany. Truth be told, we can’t vouch for the quality of the film itself (confession: we haven’t seen it), but this hauntingly beautiful poster elicited a gasp, with its lone futuristic edifice and endless sky of possibilities—designed by German graphic designer, David Löwe. If there’s such a thing as a poster seducing the viewer into seeing a film, consider us duly seduced.

Image: David Löwe

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  1. Haute Box

    Sep 6, 2013 at 7:25 am

    I’m pretty sure I’ve had dreams about this house since I was 5!

  2. the generalist

    Sep 8, 2013 at 3:51 am

    Wonderful poster … will have to track the documentary down.

  3. pantau

    Sep 10, 2013 at 9:18 am

    The film is okay – but don’t expect too much.

    PS: instead of “soviet-era” please just write “east german” or something like that. No one would say “american-era” for buildings in West Germany built before 1990.

    • Promila Shastri

      Sep 10, 2013 at 10:10 am

      Actually, we stand by ‘soviet-era,” as the term has potent architectural implications; and you’re right, we’d never say ‘American-era’ for, well, many reasons. But we appreciate your attention to such distinctions ;)

  4. norman

    Sep 11, 2013 at 2:20 am

    I agree with pantau. “Soviet era architecture” is not correct. Neither was East-Germany part of the Soviet Union, nor was the design of these buildings imported from the SU.

    PS: please allow some healthy discussion on this site and don’t delete comments.

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