The Art of Parking. Urban perspectives


Length: 3 vol., 26 min and 1 vol. 52 min
Format: HD 16:9
Language: German, French, English
Directed by: Michael Trabitzsch
DoP: Kay Andersson, Justyna Feicht u.a.
Steadicam: Matthias Bieber u.a.
TV co-producer: ZDF / ARTE
Year: 2009
Worldsales: united docs

I. The new underground garages. Grand halls.
II. New multi-storied parking lots. Illustrious towers.
III. New car showrooms. Perfected works of art.

This three-part series deals with the most contemporary architecture centred on the topic of the car. That includes underground and multi-storey car parks as well as the latest motor museums (Porsche) and flagship stores (Citroen/Paris and Mercedes/Salzburg). The film was made on location in Europe and Asia. Projects by star architects like Rem Koolhaas, Massimiliano Fuksas, Delugan Meissl, Kengo Kuma, Zaha Hadid…are covered.

This type of architecture had, for a long time, been the poor relation of urban design, although we use it daily and it is an integral part of every modern city. In short: a real revolution was necessary. Planning control over these utility spaces was wrested from the engineers and handed over to architects and designers. And what was the result?

Light, underground chambers were created, that could also serve as banqueting halls or even awaken associations with cathedrals. Parking towers were created, like glass Doric columns adorning the new cities. And exhibition halls were designed for cars that are so daring, so breathtakingly bold, that it is as if the architects had here found a field in which to create the prototypes of a new architecture for the 21st century.
In order to pay homage adequately to this avant-gardism in a visual way, this series has chosen an entirely new form of execution. Famous architectural photographers condense the essence of each building and the vision of the architect into a few two-dimensional photographs. And while the photographers seek their view points, a steadycam, which is predominantly used in feature films, accompanies them. The camera circles the photographer, choreographing the space and ultimately the architecture. Thus, a fascinating ”dance” is created with and around avant-garde projects of the most contemporary architecture.

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