Project kick-off with test shoot for Zumthor documentary

Two upcoming architectural projects by Peter Zumthor will be the guideline for Wim Wenders‘ long-term film project The Secret of Places (working title): the extension of the Fondation Beyeler in Riehen near Basel and the new building of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Both are excellent examples of how to capture and illustrate a quasi essence of Zumthor’s architectural life’s work.

“We all come from houses …”, this sentence by Peter Zumthor is the starting point of the joint project. Because architecture is not just an art with aesthetic and social implications, not just a ‘stone-made culture’ that shapes our cities, but it gives our living habits a decisive structure and framework and is thus more connected to our existential needs than any other art.

“No other art (besides dance) needs the third dimension as clearly as architecture,” says Wenders. And so this film will be shot in both 2 and 3D.

Filming will start in Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Norway, Great Britain and the USA from 2021. The film is a production of Road Movies GmbH in co-production with DCM and in collaboration with Atelier Peter Zumthor. Distributor DCM will release the film in Germany and Switzerland.

Photo: Peter Zumthor and Wim Wenders / © Pati Grabowicz

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