If you reached the end of your Netflix queue while sheltering in place and aren’t sure what streaming service to try next, it might be time to consider Shelter—a new platform with a curated catalogue of shows and movies intended for design fans. Envisioned by Australian actor and producer Dustin Clare (known to American audiences for his role on Starz’s Spartacus series), Shelter is the first streaming service solely dedicated to all things architecture and design. Clare and his wife worked to create the platform, which launched at the end of last week, for professional and amateur “designophiles” alike.
“My wife Camille and I really enjoy good-quality home, architecture, and lifestyle shows, and we notice[d] a lack of consistency and cohesion in finding that content,” Clare explains. “So, we decided to go out and create a space for all that content to exist in the one place, and make sure it [met] a real [high] standard.”
As of now, Shelter has amassed 200 hours of streamable content of all shapes and sizes. That includes a film about Pritzker Prize winner Kevin Roche, Ecuadorian architecture documentary Hacer Mucho Con Poco (Do More With Less), and TV series The Art of Architecture, as well as other programs that will be licensed on a monthly basis. Through partnerships, original video content from the publications Dwell and Australia’s sustainability-minded Green Magazine will also live on Shelter.
In addition, just like other streaming platforms these days, Shelter is creating and commissioning its own original series and films. The centerpiece launch show is Inspired Architecture, a Clare-produced six-episode exploration of unique, award-winning Australian architectural projects, with a focus on diving into the design thinking that shaped each one-of-a-kind project. Inspired Architecture hopes to set the tone for Shelter’s programming by offering a different approach from what one might see on a cable design show, in that it lets architects and designers tell their stories.
“We are really interested in the narrative of buildings, and the people who were a part of creating them,” Clare says. “We want our audience to be inspired and [to be able to] give them great insight into the process of architecture, design, and building. And we will continue to be interested in the area of sustainability within the process of construction.”
Shelter is currently live on the App Store and the Google Play store for streaming across computers, phones, and tablets, and is coming soon to Apple TV, Roku, and Amazon TV. After a 14-day free trial, a subscription costs $5.99 per month.