Join us for an Exclusive Screening – The Competition

Collective Works and The Common are proud to announce an exclusive London screening of The Competition in Bethnal Green on October 1st and 2nd.

The Competition


Join the Design Exchange team and Collective Works at The Common for an evening of free popcorn, free drinks and a look behind the scenes of a few major architectural offices.


Watch the trailer

The Competition. Trailer from THE COMPETITION on Vimeo.


A documentary movie constructed as an almost uncomfortable but intensely fascinating account of how some of the best architects in the world, design giants like Jean Nouvel or Frank Gehry, toil, struggle and strategize to beat the competition. While nearly as old as the profession itself, architectural competitions became a social, political and cultural phenomenon of the post-Guggenheim Bilbao museums and real estate bubbles of the recent past. Taking place at the dramatic moment in which the bubble became a crisis, this is the first competition to be documented in excruciatingly raw detail.

Jean Nouvel, Frank Gehry, Dominique Perrault, Zaha Hadid and Norman Foster are selected to participate in the design of the future National Museum of Art of Andorra, a first in the Pyrenees small country. Norman Foster drops out of the competition after a change in the rules that allow the documentary to happen. Three months of design work go into the making of the different proposals, while, behind doors, a power struggle between the different architects and the client has a profound impact on the level of transparency granted by each office to the resident documentary crew, and which has a definite influence in the material shown in the film.

The presentations to the jury happen in one intense day close to election time in Andorra, becoming a hot event in the tiny country, with media all around the international stars that may help shape its future. Of the four remaining architects three show up to make personal presentations, every one of which becomes a fascinating study in personality, strategy, character, showmanship… and a dramatic moment in which any detail becomes both important and irrelevant, the line between failure and success perfectly imperceptible. But does the jury have the last word?

2 Responses to “Join us for an Exclusive Screening – The Competition”

  1. Brigita says:

    Where is it going to be screened after the premier?

    • david says:

      It was only screened twice with us, we are unsure where else it will shown? If we get enough demand we would be happy to screen it again at some point in the future.

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