House Without a Door

Talent Showcase 2006
  • Scheme: LAFVA
  • People: Bernd Behr
  • Duration: 16'30"

House Without a Door Video

Film Information

  • Year of release: 2006
  • Shooting format: HD Video


  • Artist: Bernd Behr

In 1943 the US Army commissioned architect Erich Mendelsohn and Hollywood studio RKO to build a replica Berlin housing estate to test its incendiary bombs.

Borrowing its title from a 1914 expressionist film which has no surviving print, House Without a Door fictionalises the now inaccessible interior of this building through references to Weimar cinema, reflecting Mendelsohn's own relation to film and the proximity of the test site to an actual village called Faust.

Conflating the spaces of test structures, film sets and architectural models, House Without a Door explores a fundamental co-dependency in the relationship between architecture and film

Composer: Marcus Fjellström

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