London-based Scott Whitby Studio's Caution Cinema, an immersive, multi-sensory, pop-up theatre, is part of the UK health and safety campaign 'Beyond Zero'. Photo: Osman Marfo-Gyasi
While it's clear that the cinema multiplex as building type is here to stay, more idiosyncratic, expressive cinema architecture is making a big-screen comeback internationally.
Architonic brings you the latest picture-house projects that are anything but mainstream. From warped steel to moulded concrete, these theatre spaces are not only casting against type – they’re bringing the house down.
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PICTURE THIS: NEW CINEMA ARCHITECTURE Text: Dominic Lutyens
In the age of the ubiquitous multiplex, a raft of recent cinema projects have chosen to write their own architectural script, eschewing the mainstream in favour of indie creativity.
Snøhetta’s extension to the Lillehammer Art Museum and Cinema in Norway boasts a polished stainless-steel façade by the late Norwegian artist Bård Breivik. Photo: Mark Syke
If the cinemas of yesteryear were glamorous buildings whose flamboyant styles enhanced the excitement of going to the pictures – think the Beaux-Arts architecture of the Edwardian era or the Art Deco splendour of 1930s odeons – the multiplexes that have thrived since the 1960s have often been soulless structures. But the refurbishment since the 1990s of many independent movie-houses – a classic one being London’s Electric – has seen contemporary cinema architecture flourish.
At Kino Digital in Rye, East Sussex, Jonathan Dunn Architects bridged architectural styles by unifying a collection of Victorian school buildings with western red cedar extensions. Photo: Oliver Perrott
Whereas cinemas once conformed to fashionable styles of the day, architects are now being increasingly experimental when designing them. One particularly arresting example is Snøhetta’s extension of Norway’s Lillehammer Art Museum and Lillehammer Cinema, originally designed in 1964 by Erling Viksjø. It boasts a new cantilevered, stainless-steel façade, reminiscent of a building wrapped by the artist Christo (although its inspiration is a shooting star). Designed by the late artist Bård Breivik, this crowns the glass-fronted ground floor.
If design is your trade, there's a batch of super skills you need in your possession. Always in the thick of the action, Architonic recently asked some of the heroes that shape the design world today what superpowers they rely on.
USM is now integrating light and energy directly into the structure of its USM Haller furniture - completely wirelessly.
Light is not the only integral aspect of USM Modular Furniture – mobile devices can also be charged directly from the structure. Just like the light sources, USB chargers can be attached wherever they will be the most useful – plugged into pre-defined recesses, they are fully integrated with the rods and barely visible.
CENTRE STAGE: PEDRALI AT THE SALONE DEL MOBILE 2017
Text: Simon Keane-Cowell
Known for its innovative industrial-production processes, premium Italian furniture manufacturer Pedrali delivered a command performance at this year's Milan Furniture Fair.
If there's one manufacturer that truly understands wood, it's long-established Czech brand TON. Their steam-bending expertise and passionate craftsmanship live in the very grain of classic and contemporary furniture designs alike.
Since its launch five years ago, Croatian design brand PROSTORIA has not only developed an impressive collection of considered furniture designs, it has set out to design the very platform on which the Croatian design industry can connect.
FIBER SURFACE is a modular concept for enhancing the acoustic properties of spaces. It offers a wide array of innovative solutions for ceiling, wall, and room applications. The concept is based on the highly effective FIBER elements, which can be used in interior design situations, enabling you to personalise the colour schemes and visual landscapes of spaces. Alongside the innovative fixture and connecting systems, FIBER SURFACE CONCEPT opens up fascinating possibilities and absolute creative freedom in designing projects. Further information at www.acousticpearls.de. Or experience the FIBER SURFACE CONCEPT live on architect@work in Zurich, booth 18 on 10th and 11th May.
INSPIRING SEARCH RESULTS N°64: CINEMA SEATING SYSTEMS
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