Architecture and documentary buffs, you'll want to sit down for this one (really.) As ArchDaily has just uncovered, one very delightful corner of YouTube, namely a channel called ACB (The Art & Culture Bureau), currently hosts more than 50 documentaries exploring some of the world's most important works of architecture. The subjects covered span millennia, from the nearly 5,000-year-old Djoser pyramid in Egypt to the famous circa-1889 Auditorium Building in Chicago, to the late Zaha Hadid's Phaeno Science Center, completed in 2005 in Wolfsburg, Germany.
The films, each narrated in English and approximately 26 minutes in runtime, were produced by a group of major European cultural institutions, including ARTE France, the Fundació Mies van der Rohe, and the Louvre. Lots of close-up footage, architect interviews, scale models, and drawings to be seen! Enjoy.
Below, a few selections from the collection.