Insulation, constant adaptation to the climatic conditions, safe access or even interior decoration... Men are not the only one to show ingenuity when it comes to architecture! Some animal constructions can even outshine them.
Through four adventures in animal building, this film explores the incredible architectural secrets of the natural world, closely examining each species’ unique genius: the hydraulic genius of the beaver, in the wet grassland of Wyoming, the chromatic genius of the bowerbird in the thick Australian bush, the nest-building genius of the Tanzanian chimpanzee, and the collective genius of the red wood ant in the edges of the Jura woods.
This documentary plunges us right into these structures to discover millennial architectural instincts that hold the key to each species’ survival. In sum, a valuable architectural lesson.
Direction: Lucas Allain
Production: ZED for France Télévisions
Available versions: French, English
- Festival International du Film Ornithologique de Ménigoute
- Official selection