Rem Koolhaas – A Kind of Architect

By Markus Heidingsfelder/ Min Tesch

Rem Koolhaas - A Kind of Architect

“The only movie about me I like” (Rem Koolhaas). A pop-star in the worlds of architecture and art, this documentary deconstructs Koolhaas’ otherworldly image as an avant-garde architect. A quirky and eclectic journey into the ideas, background and buildings of one of the most fascinating, ironic and visionary architects of our time. This unusual architecture documentary uses animation and compositing techniques, appearing like an animated Bruce Mau book (Bruce Mau was the designer of the legendary S,M,L,XL by Rem Koolhaas).

Rem Koolhaas - A Kind of Architect


By showing Koolhaas’ development towards his current iconic status and by revealing his influences from different art fields (for example: Koolhaas started as a scriptwriter at the Dutch Film School), the documentary questions common notions about authenticity, authorship and the work of an architect. An ambitious experiment edited with a fast rhythm and accompanied by the striking sound track of DJ Koze (Berlin). With Cecil Balmond, Rene Daalder, Bart Lootsma, Richard Meier, Joshua Prince-Ramus and many others.

  Rem Koolhaas – A Kind of Architect
Germany 2005, 93min. Video
English. No subtitles

Screenplay: Markus Heidingsfelder, Min Tesch
Cinematography: Markus Heidingsfelder, Min Tesch, Boscher Theorod, Philippe Klose
Sound: Christian Hewetmann, Tobias Kraaz
Production: ZDF/ARTE GEIE
Distribution: Wavelength Pictures

Markus Heidingsfelder (Cologne, 1963) works as a filmmaker and writer in Berlin while studying for his dissertation at the LMU in Munich. He writes for Die Welt, SZ Magazine and Rolling Stone and has worked as a producer for VIVA and MTV. In 2004 he founded his own TV production company together with Min Tesch. Min Tesch (Aachen 1976) has a BA bachelor in Visual Communication from the Maastricht Academy For Fine Arts. He has been working as a freelance compositor and motion designer in film, tv and commercials.