Infinite space. The architecture of John Lautner

The individual, the architecture, the environment.
Individuo, architettura, contesto.

In the second postwar period the design intuition, the artistic sensitivity and strong creativity have made John Lautner’s experience (1911-1994) one of the most stimulating in the history of American architecture. A student of Frank Lloyd Wright (1868-1859), according to the principles of organic architecture, he has always combined the individual, the user of architecture, with the surrounding environment and the environment itself with nature. As if it were a half line each of his architectural creations has a beginning, but tends towards the infinitive through a spectacular use of shapes that often become mobile. With a narration told by several voices, the audience has the priviledge to follow all the phases from the construction site to the end of the works, inside spaces become famous thanks to famous movies: from the futuristic octagonal house Chemosphere, together with Sean Connery, to the restaurant Jack Rabbit Slim’s chosen by Quentin Tarantino for “Pulp Fiction”.

All’interno del panorama del secondo dopoguerra l’intuizione progettuale, la sensibilità artistica e una forte creatività hanno reso l’esperienza di John Lautner (1911-1994) una fra le più stimolanti della storia dell’architettura americana. Allievo di Frank Lloyd Wright (1868- 1959), secondo i principi dell’architettura organica ha sempre messo in relazione l’individuo, fruitore dell’architettura, con l’ambiente che lo circonda e l’ambiente stesso con la natura. Come fosse una semiretta ogni sua architettura ha un inizio, ma tende all’infinito attraverso l’uso spettacolarizzato delle forme che spesso diventano mobili. Con un racconto a più voci, lo spettatore ha il privilegio di entrare dalle fasi del cantiere fino alla fine dei lavori, all’interno di molti spazi divenuti noti anche grazie a film famosi: dalla avveniristica casa ottagonale Chemosphere, insieme a Sean Connery, al ristorante Jack Rabbit Slim’s scelto da Quentin Tarantino per “Pulp Fiction”.

Film profile

Director: Murray Grigor
Year: 2008
Duration: 90 mins
Country: USA
Director of photography: Hamid Shams
Editing: Sara Sackner
Music: Elliot Goldkind
Interviews: Sean Connery, Karol Lautener Peterson, Frank Gehry, Julia Strickland, Helena Arahuete, Judith Lautenr, Frank Escher, Julius Shulman
Scheduled for MDFF 2014
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