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Genre Architectural documentary
Presented by
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 12
Original network BBC Three
Original release 2003 (2003) – 2004 (2004)

Dreamspaces was a BBC documentary TV series about architecture and interior design. The series ran for two seasons and had twelve episodes total. The show was broadcast on BBC Three from 2003 to 2004.

The presenters of Dreamspaces were David Adjaye, Justine Frischmann and Charlie Luxton.


Series 1 (2003)[edit]

Episode Segments Presented by Description
Bag It Up Charlie Luxton
Destination: Puerto Rico Justine Frischmann
Pocket Guide: Mies van der Rohe Charlie Luxton
Well Overdue David Adjaye
Dreamspace: Dave Gorman Dave Gorman
Urban Choice Charlie Luxton
Destination: Bucharest David Adjaye
Pocket Guide: Arne Jacobsen Charlie Luxton
A River Runs through It Justine Frischmann
Dreamspace: Pauline McLynn Pauline McLynn
Tainted Love Justine Frischmann
Destination: Miami Charlie Luxton
Pocket Guide: Walter Gropius Charlie Luxton
All Rise David Adjaye
Dreamspace: Jamie Theakston Jamie Theakston
Destination: Antwerp David Adjaye
Nuclear Families Justine Frischmann
Pocket Guide: Denys Lasdun Charlie Luxton
Park Life Charlie Luxton
Dreamspace: Natalie Casey Natalie Casey
Clubbed to Death David Adjaye
Destination: Brasilia Justine Frischmann
Pocket Guide: James Stirling Charlie Luxton
The Ambassador's Reception Charlie Luxton
Dreamspace: Nick Moran Nick Moran
Destination: Helsinki Charlie Luxton
Power Trip David Adjaye
Pocket Guide: le Corbusier Charlie Luxton
Watercooler Challenge Justine Frischmann
Dreamspace: Mark Radcliffe Mark Radcliffe

Series 2 (2004)[edit]

Episode Segments Presented by Description
Destination: Mexico City Justine Frischmann explores spas, viewing Nicholas Grimshaw's new work in Bath and Peter Zumthor's offering in the Swiss Alps, while Charlie Luxton visits Federation Square in Melbourne and EastEnders' Jessie Wallace studies her favourite piece of architecture, the art deco Hoover building in west London. David Adajaye also asks whether the Tricorn Centre in Portsmouth and London's Hayward Gallery should be restored or demolished
Charlie Luxton explores modern architecture in Mexico City and Justine Frischmann profiles Richard Neutra, who was responsible for designing many Hollywood homes during the 1930s and 1940s. DJ Seb Fontaine reveals why Paris's Charles De Gaulle is his favourite airport, and David Adjaye considers the trend for unusual building shapes, including Norman Foster's Swiss Re building in London and the Yokohama Ferry Terminal in Japan
Shop And Awe Justine Frischmann visits architect John Pawson in his Zen-style minimalist home, and checks out the new trend of maximalism, which is all about being brightly coloured, busy and over-the-top. Meanwhile, Charlie Luxton questions whether supermarkets can ever be more than just big, bland, ugly boxes, while David Adjaye travels to Japan's most creative city, Fukuoka
Just Can't Bet Enough Justine Frischmann discovers the real Casablanca and David Adjaye visits Manchester, London and Birmingham, seeking out the best in department store designs as Selfridges set out to revamp their old-fashioned image. Charlie Luxton explores parliament and assembly buildings in Berlin and major UK cities, while Dawson's Creek star Joshua Jackson discusses the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles
Dreamspace: Innsbruck Charlie Luxton visits Las Vegas to investigate how the right casino design can encourage customers to part with their cash and Justine Frischmann finds out why one of the most prestigious prizes in architecture was recently awarded to Archigram, a group of Sixties hippies who never built anything. David Adjaye heads for Valencia and actress and comedian Doon Mackichan talks about her favourite building, the Hudson Hotel in New York
Justine Frischmann visits Innsbruck in Austria to see Zaha Hadid's modern ski jump and Dominique Perrault's city centre complex, and Charlie Luxton reports on examples of architecture that can be camouflaged in Australia, the south of France and Japan. David Adjaye explores members-only clubs that are trying to move away from their old-fashioned image, while fanatical Arsenal supporter Paul Kaye explains why he believes Highbury Stadium is the country's classiest football ground

About the Presenters[edit]

David Adjaye[edit]

David Adjaye is a graduate of the Royal College of Art. Having started a small practice in 1994, he soon built a reputation in reconstructing cafes, bars and private homes for high-profile clients, including Chris Ofili, Ewan McGregor and Alexander McQueen. His practice Adjaye/Associates has designed two 'Idea Store' libraries in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, and the Bernie Grant Centre in Tottenham, along with a range of other commissions.

Justine Frischmann[edit]

Justine Frischmann received her BSc in Architecture from the Bartlett in 1990. She then went on to lead the band Elastica. She was once one of the judges for the Royal Institute of British Architecture's Stirling Prize.

Charlie Luxton[edit]

Charlie Luxton has lived in England since 1983 and has an MA in Architecture from Oxford Brookes University. He was the creative director of Make Communications, a company producing architecture, events and television. In November 2003 Make opened a new "urban experience" on London's South Bank involving giant wind turbines. In 2004 he presented a series Guerilla Homes. As well as presenting on BBC Three, Charlie has been seen on BBC Four, Channel 4 and Five.


BBC Digital Television Foreword and Overview

Dreamspaces: The ‘Top Gear’ of Architecture online review

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