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Sense of Architecture

GER/A 2009, 168 min

The description of a lifeline through architecture.


42 contemporary architectural projects of Austrian origins. As an independent work, the film emerged from the material for 57 short films that Heinz Emigholz produced for the exhibition Sense of Architecture conceived in Graz. Unlike the exhibition, which grouped the architecture thematically, the film SENSE OF ARCHITECTURE assembles the project into a social reality in which modern buildings were constructed for all areas of life.

The film starts with a bell tower in the Seetaler Alps and a construction site and then leads through the various stages of a fictive life: from a kindergarden, a single-family home, a botanical garden, ein track house, a pharmacy, a housing development, a museum for children, an apartment house with a workshop, a dialect institute, an art house, an office building, a shool, a shoe shop, an apartment block, a town hall, a community center, a medical center, past a pedestrian bridge, in a room for studying, an airport tower, a church reconstruction, a community center, a reginal exhibition, a residential area, a city council, a renovated castle, a villa, a restaurant, a hall, a building extension, a justice center, a prison, a cloister, an art house, a hospital, a vacation house, a castle, a museum, a stone house, a nursing home, a crematorium, and to a columbarium.


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Language: No dialogue

Press reviews

By shunning still photography and talking heads, Emigholz presents the spaces in a more ambiguous, less mediated fashion, allowing the viewer to construct a personal sense of the designer’s creative voice. (FILM JOURNEY)

Awards and Festivals

- Berlinale Forum Expanded, 2009
- Brisbane International Film Festival, 2009
- Kaunas International Film Festival, 2009
- Era New Horizons Wroclaw/Breslau, 2009


Director, Director of Photography, Editor
Heinz Emigholz
Camera Assistant, Assistant Editor, Original Sound and Postproduktion
Till Beckmann
Sound Design and Sound Mixer
Jochen Jezussek, Christian Obermaier
Till Beckmann
Charlotte Pöchhacker, Heinz Emigholz
Produced by
ARGE ARTIMAGE KADADESIGN and Heinz Emigholz Filmproduktion


54 einzeln anspielbare Kurzfilme (260 min), 16-pages booklet on the multimedia project "Sense of Architecture"
International Version (no dialogue)
Country Code
NTSC / Color
168 min + 260 min Extras
Aspect Ratio
Sound Format
DD 2.0
Softbox (Set Content: 2), 16-pages booklet
Release Date
No age restriction