Antonello and the Architect
Some years ago, Wellington architect Bill Toomath proposed the idea of constructing a ï¿½design denï¿½ underneath his Roseneath house. Toomath later revised the plan and it's finally complete ï¿½ but instead of being a basement room it's a completely new structure, built as an elegant addition to the modernist dwelling he designed in the 1960s. Toomath's concept for this new room was quite revolutionary: ï¿½The idea somehow flashed into my mind, but from then immediately seemed inevitable, that the painting by Antonello da Messina of ï¿½St Jerome in his Studyï¿½ simply encapsulated the whole atmosphere of what I hoped to, or what I would like to, have lived amongst.ï¿½ With his fantasy painting of a man who had lived a thousand years earlier, Antonello explored the fourth dimension of time. So does Bill's replica ï¿½ and so does this documentary. Using time-lapse and real-time cameras, Antonello and the Architect records the realisation of Bill's idea, and provides him with an opportunity to talk about his life, architecture, and influences over a long and remarkable career.
1hr 17mins long