About Unit 26

Unit 26 is the FILM unit at the Bartlett School of Architecture. Our aim is to explore the potential of moving image to develop new forms of architectural practice. We create filmic architectures and architectural films that explore animated and augmented relationships between people and place. Predicated on the belief that architecture is experiential and time-based we use cinematic techniques to investigate, simulate and speculate. We test film’s ability to:


  • simulate moving and mediated experiences, spatial sequences and hybrid spaces that merge virtual and real
  • explore animated relationships between architecture and occupants, multi-sensory interactive environments
  • represent architecture and atmosphere changing over time, events, dynamic structures, light and digital surfaces
  • speculate on future architectures and realities over and above the present
  • communicate clear narratives with individual and critical attitudes to wider audiences


Our techniques include storyboards, stop-motion, hand-drawing, four-dimensional drawing, hyper-lapse, motion-matching, models and interactive mock ups.