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World premiere TINY SPACES, part of the highlights this January on SHELTER

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Tiny Spaces

We have a great bundle of fantastic architecture & design presents to kick off 2022; including the World Premiere of Shelter Original TINY SPACES on Jan 17.

But first up for Shelter in January is a portrait of one of the most important Canadian architects of the twentieth century: ROGER D’ASTOUS.

A student of the great American architect Frank Lloyd Wright, D’Astous would go on to design a number of Montreal landmarks, including the Château Champlain hotel, Beaubien métro and the Olympic Village for the 1976 Games. 

Étienne Desrosiers’ documentary follows D’Astous’ professional journey from the early ’50s to the late ’90s, through interviews with D’Astous’ sons, former work colleagues and homeowners of his designs. 

Exploring the modernist architecture giant’s bold and striking designs, ROGER D’ASTOUS is a touching and vivid study of one of Canada’s trailblazing architects; whose work dreamed of a better built environment in our post-global era.

“Nothing is impossible; everything can be beautiful!”

– Roger D’Astous.

THE POWER OF THE ARCHIVE: RENZO PIANO

Next for Shelter this month is a deep dive into the fascinating archive of the Renzo Piano Foundation and Studio, with THE POWER OF THE ARCHIVE: RENZO PIANO. 

A Pritzker Architecture Prize winning architect, Renzo Piano is renowned for his designs of globally recognizable buildings, including Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, The Shard in London, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center in Athens. 

After observing the construction of a Shinto Temple during a visit to Japan, Piano was inspired to mirror the tradition of passing on building techniques and artisanal expertise from one generation to the next through a living archive of his work; and in 2004 created the Renzo Piano Foundation in Genoa. 

“Young people need to understand that ideas don’t come about in a really complicated way. Being an architect means sharing creativity. If it isn’t shared, you can’t survive, there’s no other way around it.”

– Renzo Piano

After delving into these stunning archives, film maker Francesca Molteni quickly realised she needed to shine a light onto the incredible drawings, publications and models stored within. 

“A few years ago, when I began delving into the Renzo Piano archives, it dawned on me how powerful these materials were that no one paid much attention to over the years,”

– she said.

“I began studying a story of industriousness that no one had ever told, one that is in danger of disappearing.

Through the drafts, sketches, models, renderings and drawings all housed in 3,000sqm of a converted factory in Genoa, the documentary explores the distinct placidity and lightness reflected in the identity of the Piano, and central to his way of thinking and working.

Shelter Originals World Premiere: TINY SPACES

And from some of the largest, grandest designs in the world, next we head off the grid and into rural Victoria, and go inside the beautifully remote, intimate and simple shelters of TINY SPACES

This exclusive to Shelter series looks into four unique small houses that blend clever architecture with absolute minimalism in unity with the native bushland. 

From a 100-year old renovation of a Tobacco Kiln amongst the trees of the Victorian High Country; to a shipping-container retreat nestled within a 160-acre flower farm in the Dandenong Ranges; to a thrilling and dramatic sculptural creation within the rugged Breakneck Gorge: TINY SPACES is an adventure into some of Victoria’s true hidden gems. 

Featuring architects Kate Fitzgerald, Whispering Smith Architects, Kate Walker, Brett Robertson and  David Nicholson, TINY SPACES is the perfect escape into the beauty of minimalism seamlessly interwoven with the natural surrounding environment. 

Guest Curator: Graham Hiemstra

Finally for Shelter this January, Founder & Editor of Field Mag Graham Hiemstra has curated a guest collection of titles; from the remote to the intimate. 

Field Mag is a modern outdoor lifestyle publication for lovers of good design and the great outdoors based in New York City with a mission to inform and inspire readers to get outside and explore the world around them.

NEW TO SHELTER IN JANUARY: 



ROGER D’ASTOUS

(103 mins) CANADA 2016 (Available January 3)

Roger D’Astous is one of the most important Canadian architects of the twentieth century. A student of Frank Lloyd Wright, he fought all his life to create nordic architecture. Once a starchitect of the sixties, this flamboyant artist then fell from grace before rising again at the dawn of the century. Along with his pavilions at Expo 67 and the Athletes Housing Complex for the 1976 Olympic Games, his residences are sensual vessels and his churches sumptuous spaceships. For the first time on-screen, this film embarks on a journey throughout the exceptional projects of Roger D’Astous. An epic journey with a modern architecture giant, and a frenetic praise for dreaming of a better built environment in our post-global era.

ROGER D’ASTOUS was an official selection for the Milan Design Festival (2016), Windsor Film Festival (2016), Johannesburg Architecture Film Festival (2016), Rotterdam Architecture Film Festival (2016), Dhaka International Film Festival (2016), Annecy Rencontres internationales du film d’architecture (2016), Copenhagen Architecture Festival CAFx (2016), New Zealand Architecture Film Festival (2016), Montreal International Film on Arts Festival (2016), Winnipeg Architecture Film Festival (2016), Quebec Film Meetings (2016) and the Outaouais International Film Festival (2016). 

THE POWER OF THE ARCHIVE: RENZO PIANO

(35 mins) Italy 2018 (Available from January 10)

The film delves into the archive of the Renzo Piano Foundation and the Studio. Drafts, sketches, models, renderings, drawings all housed in 3,000sqm of a converted factory in Genoa, which reflect the identity of the Architect and his way of thinking and working. A place of experimentation, the RPBW archive is a metaphor for a sea-port; where goods come and go, each enriching its content and potential communication.

SHELTER ORIGINALS: TINY SPACES

(4 x 12 mins)Australia 2021 (Available from January 17 – World Premiere)

A 4 part Shelter Original series, TINY SPACES focuses on small intimate spaces in rural Victoria that have a sense of remoteness, simple shelters and how they benefit their inhabitants.

Episode 1: Cortes Kiln – 17 January

Nestled amongst the trees in the Victorian High Country on a 94-year-old walnut farm, the project is an Architecturally designed renovation on an 100 year old existing Tobacco Kiln. 

Using the existing shack’s timber frame while repairing its awkward join to the kiln, a new separation to bring in northern light by cladding the new joining roof in a translucent skin. 

This sustainable tiny space features recycled timber, solar panels, thermodynamic hot water system, roof and wall insulation, and ground-level gutters to reduce fire risk. 

Architect: Kate Fitzgerald, Whispering Smith Architects.

Episode 2: Larnook – 24 January

Tucked into a private corner of a 160-acre flower farm in the Dandenong Ranges, this shipping container retreat has been designed with consideration for its inhabitants and the surrounding environment.

Designer: Kate Walker, Kate Walker Designs

Episode 3 Oikos – Breakneck Gorge – 31 January

The multi-award winning Oikos (pronounced eekos) is a sculptural creation that compliments the rugged precipice on which it perches. Extraordinary external angles enhance a dramatic, open plan interior. Inside, smartly designed spaces with staggering outlooks are, from every angle, framed by breathtaking picture windows peeking out onto gum trees and the twinkling lights of Hepburn Springs and Daylesford.

Architects: Brett Robertson, David Nicholson

Oikos is the winner of the following design awards:
Gold Winner – International Design Awards – New Residential Building (February 2019)
Winner Architecture MasterPrize™ – Small Architecture Category (November 2018)
Finalist ArchiTeam Awards – Residential New Category (October 2018)
Finalist Victorian Premier’s Design Awards – Architectural Category (September 2018)
Longlist Dezeen Awards 2018 – House Category (August 2018)
Shortlist Finalist – Australian House of the Year: Houses Awards – New Houses under 200m² (April 2019)



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Aaron Ryan is currently the Broadcast Guide Editor and a podcast contributor for TV Blackbox. An experienced media writer, his work has appeared on sites including TV Central and Mumbrella since 2009. For all media enquiries please call 0400-218-566
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