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Living Architectures Bêka & Lemoine

How does it feel to live in a work of art?


‘A completely original way to tell a story. Astonishing!‘

- Huffington Post

Since 2008 filmmakers Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine have made funny and intriguing films that uniquely investigate what we mean when we call a building ‘great’ and how these great buildings can make people think and feel. Their ‘Living Architectures’ series gives us special insight not only into amazing buildings but how they affect the people who use them every day.

To coincide with a focus on architecture at Writers Week, we present five highlights from ‘Living Architectures’ – Koolhaas Houselife, Barbicania, The Infinite Happiness and their latest work, Moriyama-san, in its Australian premiere.


Since 1811, Paris’ Place de la République has been a vibrant public space for Parisians from all walks of life. Following the square’s restoration, 24 Heures sur Place observes an array of characters that move through the square over a single day and night.

21 Simpson St, West Perth

Thu 22 Feb, 7.30pm. 90mins, unclassified 15+
French with English subtitles


Join us before the screening for a walk-and-talk encounter with Linton & Kay and Holmes a Court's new galleries in Perth’s new West End arts precinct.

Thu 22 Feb
6 – 9pm  (Film screens 7.30pm)
Linton & Kay West Perth, 11 Old Aberdeen Pl, West Perth

Registrations have reached capacity.  See also Writers Week for further talks and events on architecture and the built environment.

*Please note that you will be on your feet for 60mins but the walk will be fairly gentle and will be wheelchair accessible.

Watch the trailer here.


Sat 24 Feb, 1pm. 58mins, unclassified 15+
French with English subtitles

Designed by star architect Rem Koolhaas in the late 1990s the Bordeaux House is both a beautiful design monument and a private functioning home. No-one knows it quite like Guadalupe, who spends hours there cleaning, tidying, arranging, and dealing with myriad quirks. 

‘Heartfelt, thought-provoking and hilariously funny.’ The New York Times

Watch the trailer here.


Sat 24 Feb, 4pm. 90mins, unclassified 15+

London’s Barbican Estate is a utopian, brutalist housing complex from the 1960s built alongside the largest performing arts centre in Europe. Barbicania is a series of daily snapshots of the Barbican’s residents – some new, others who have lived there for decades – that reveals their unique, eccentric and invaluable stories.

Watch the trailer here.


Sun 25 Feb, 1pm. 85mins, unclassified 15+

The 8 House outside Copenhagen is shaped either like a giant number eight or infinity. A highly creative solution to building a mix of homes alongside retail and business, it was recognised as the world’s best residential building in 2011. In this very special building, is happiness truly infinite?

Watch the trailer here.


Sun 25 Feb, 4pm. 75mins, unclassified 15+
Australian Premiere

A free-spirited urban hermit, Mr. Moriyama lives in one of Tokyo’s most experimental dwellings, which was purpose-built for him in 2005. His separate rooms are connected not with hallways, but by an open-air garden. It’s an ‘inside-out’ house used for quiet, spontaneous enjoyment of art.  

Watch the trailer here.

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