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The theatre of architecture

Last week I promised a look at Squint/Opera which operates anywhere between architecture and film.

They've worked for big wheel architectural creatives and cultural institutions including Will Alsop. And they did the Olympic movie. And those 2090 Flooded London images. You sort of expect their site will be quite creative.

And it is. The first thing it offers is free ringtones. Maybe you can imagine a BDP or Foster site offering snatches from the Brandenberg or something from Messiaen. Or not. But since it's fairly painless you download lots and lots of strange sounds.

Oh the site? It's a slide show: two big images on the screen at a time and, happily, moving quite smartly. Click below on 'Work' and you get a grid of 12 big, readable thumbnails and, after a bit of looking, you find categories such as 'Residential' and 'Commercial'. Because the thumbnails and the resulting images are as big as they can be – and open up more or less instantaneously you not too unconsciously register that this lot knows what it's doing. One of the categories in addition to the above is 'Showcase'. Click, choose the third box, then movie 01 and sit back. Turn up the volume to a comfortable level.

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