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a life in architecture - nick broomfield

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A number of the favourite buildings of documentary filmmaker Nick Broomfield are ones that he has built himself. 'I like to try to build something every year in between each film, ' he says. 'I find it really therapeutic. It uses a different part of my brain to doing films. . It's much more immediately creatively satisfying.'

In his sixth or seventh work since 1992, he converted a water mill into an enormous kitchen/living room area. He used oak and a lot of glass, and acknowledges the influence of Frank Gehry.

Broomfield believes that the best buildings celebrate their environment, praising 'those amazing Moorish buildings in Spain and Morocco', and citing the Alhambra as an example (pictured). In the UK, he feels that not enough is done to preserve the integrity of cities, and laments the destruction of city centres in the 1960s. The way that marketplaces were ripped out, and everyone was rehoused in housing estates on city outskirts, formed the basis for his first film, Who Cares.

But while he also dislikes much 1950s architecture, and admires Georgian buildings, Broomfield feels that there is a lot more interest in design today than at any time since the war.For example, Richard Rogers' Ingeni building (In Broadwick Street, Soho) offers 'incredible views of London both ways'.

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