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10 of the most popular architecture movies on Dezeen

From a soaring helicopter flight over a finished Sagrada Família to a time-lapse that compresses three years of construction into 30 seconds, here are the 10 most popular architecture movies from Dezeen's Facebook page.

MVRDV's Chanel store facade made with glass bricks

The most popular of Dezeen's architecture videos shows how Dutch firm MVRDV transformed the facade of the Chanel store in Amsterdam using glass bricks. Robert Jan Westdijk's time-lapse shows the bricks being made and the bright new facade replacing the historical one that preceded it.

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Animation showing completion of Antoni Gaudí's Sagrada Família

The completion of Art Nouveau architect Antoni Gaudí's unfinished Sagrada Família basilica in Barcelona is simulated in this movie. Combining helicopter footage and computer graphics, the video details the final stages of construction due to be completed by 2026, 100 years after the death of the architect.

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BIG's Serpentine Gallery Pavilion unveiled

In this exclusive video interview, Danish architect Bjarke Ingels explains how he used stacks of fibreglass boxes to create this year's Serpentine Gallery pavilion. The film explores the cavernous interiors of the undulating pavilion, in which thousands of translucent blocks have been assembled to give the appearance of a structure being pulled apart.

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Time-lapse movie of Herzog & de Meuron's Switch House extension

The construction of one of the most captivating recent additions to London's skyline is shown in this time-lapse, produced by Lobster Pictures for Tate Modern. Filmed over three years, it shows the ziggurat form of the museum emerging around a concrete core and rising over the south bank of the Thames.

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UNESCO adds 17 Le Corbusier projects to World Heritage List

This Dezeen slideshow shows a selection of the 17 Le Corbusier projects that UNESCO have recently recognised as World Heritage sites. It features a number of the structures that made the controversial French architect an internationally renowned figure, including the iconic Villa Savoye, a modernist weekend retreat in France, and the imposing Capitol Complex in Chandigarh, the Indian city where the architect developed his brutalist vision on a grand scale.

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Zaha Hadid: a life in projects

In this short video, Dezeen remembers Pritzker Prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid with a selection of projects that demonstrate her importance to contemporary architecture. The slideshow looks back over Hadid's career, taking in a number of her increasingly colossal and ambitious projects.

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Wiel Arets' Jellyfish House featuring an elevated swimming pool

This movie explores Weil Arets' Jellyfish House in Marbella, Spain. A series of images shows how a rooftop swimming pool with a glass floor cantilevers out across a semi-enclosed terrace, projecting ripples of light onto the ground below.

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Time-lapse movie showing construction of Richard Rogers' revamped Prouvé house

Galerie Patrick Seguin's time-lapse movie shows Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners' adaptation of a 70-year-old Jean Prouvé house being assembled. The film shows the astonishing speed at which the house can be built: Prouvé intended each house to fit on a single truck and require just three people to assemble it in a day.

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Rotating and tilting ReActor house accommodating two artists for five days

Performance and architecture meet in this movie, in which two artists are seen living in a house that spins and inclines atop a pole. Ward Shelley and Alex Schweder built the inhabitable ReActor structure at the OMI Art Center, which is located in the Hudson Valley near the town of Ghent.

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Peter Zumthor's Therme Vals spa photographed by Fernando Guerra

This film collects a selection of photographs of Peter Zumthor’s Therme Vals spa in the Swiss Alps, showing what visitors experience in both indoor and outdoor baths. The photographs were taken by Fernando Guerra this year to celebrate the spa's 20th anniversary.

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