ARCHITECTURE: And the Oscar goes to…

There is only one day left until the Oscars ceremony and we chose 5 of the best contemporary buildings that have appeared on screen and shone even brighter than the actors themselves. Have a look…

Text: Mary Giatra


As you already know, architecture and movies have always gone together. The buildings themselves have even become an important part of the plot like, for example, in Hitchcock’s “The Rear Window”, or in Kubrick’s “The Clockwork Orange”. But these are well-known examples and show how great amazing direction skills and good architecture are together. What about more contemporary examples of an architecture that is less canonical? We searched for some of the best examples and here they go.


Baumschulenweg Crematorium


This breathtaking structure appeared in the sci-fi movie Aeon Flux in 2005. It is in Berlin, the capital of Germany and was designed by Alex Schultes and Charlotte Frank.



Hoke House


The Hoke House is in Portland, Oregon and was designed by the famous firm “Skylab Architecture”. It has appeared in all the Twilight movies but not as its’ original self. An exact same copy was built in Canada, where the popular movies were shot.



Disney Opera House

The Disney Opera House in Los Angeles, California is a rather characteristic example of Mr. Frank O. Gehry’s work. It was featured in the 2009 movie “The Soloist”, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jamie Foxx.



Phaeno Science Center

This grandiose building was designed by the famous lady of Architecture, Zaha Hadid. It is in Wolfsburg, Germany and was doubled as a secret lair in the 2009 movie “The International”, starring Naomi Watts and Clive Owen. The structure was actually photoshopped at the bottom of a ravine at the edge of the sea.



Villa Overby

This house appeared in the american version of “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo”, directed by David Fincher, starring Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara. It is in the Stockholm Archipelago and was designed by John Robert Nilsson Architecture. This villa is where Martin Vagner (aka Stellan Skarsgaard)  had placed his torture cellar.

photos: Architizer