Who knows what the building is for other than a demonstration of a very rich man’s wealth, and another man’s exquisite sensibility. I have no doubt Renzo Piano is a sincere soul and Carlos Saura’s delicate camera and receptive ear have people opening up to him in the most frank way. A worthy film. Buildings and good architecture do have the power to uplift the soul and make life habitable and hospitable.
A celebration of a clash of art and design, showing the creation and construction of a large, beautiful, building in Santander that is designed to be a focal point for the area, this documentary does a great job of celebrating Renzo Piano and his way of emphasising the importance of light in his most memorable structures.
forgot to go the Royal Academy expo recently. A timely reminder however of a superlative artist/architect. When Rosselini the film director asked Piano what he thought the impact of the Pompidou centre would be, Piano said - "don't look at the building, look at the reflection in the spectators' eyes". Brilliant.
The film made me want to visit the building to see if what Renzo Piano says about light, water, and the civil responsibility which architecture must play is clear and evident. It will be interesting to see what goes on in the building and in the surrounding areas - will it stand as a home for the arts for years to come; will it soften into the landscape of the coast of Santander?