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

BLOCKBUSTERS 

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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Event Agenda May 2017
Picture This: New Cinema Architecture
Material Tendencies N°40: Todd Bracher

Architonic Asks: What is Your Superpower?
Further articles from the Architonic Magazine
Inspiring Search Results N°64: Cinema Seating Systems
Inspiring Spaces N°56: Cinema Complexes 
Architecture and Design Projects on Architonic
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EVENT AGENDA MAY 2017

 
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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.
 

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N°40: TODD BRACHER

Design is about communicating the human experience. This is what drives Brooklyn-based industrial designer and educator Todd Bracher.

Todd Bracher: "Wood. It is a timeless material. And wood is remarkably flexible, you can do so many things with it. From building a house to making a toothpick, you can go to the extremes."

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ARCHITONIC ASKS: WHAT IS YOUR SUPERPOWER?
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. 
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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.
 
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BENDS AHEAD: TON

Text: Simon Keane-Cowell
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.
 
 
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TRACING IDENTITY: DE CASTELLI
Text: Bethan Ryder
Seven female designers throw new light on that most ancient of materials, metal, in a unique collaboration with modern-day alchemists DE CASTELLI – launched at this year's Salone del Mobile.
 
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ONLY CONNECT: PROSTORIA

Text: Simon Keane-Cowell
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.
 
 
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IN A NEW LIGHT: USM HALLER E

Text: Katharina Sommer
Premium Swiss manufacturer USM shows how to rework an iconic design the right way with the electrification of its classic USM HALLER. Power to the people!
 
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THE SHAPESHIFTER: ALAIN BERTEAU
Text: Simon Keane-Cowell
Simple, meaningful designs that eschew trends in favour of long-selling products pushing typological boundaries – this is the stuff of Brussels-based studio ALAIN BERTEAU DESIGNWORKS.
 
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SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST: TRIBÙ
Text: Alyn Griffiths
After 50 years in business, the trendsetting Belgian outdoor-furniture brand TRIBÙ celebrates its impressive track record of smart decision-making and clever product development
 
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50 SHADES OF LEATHER: ELMO

Text: Alyn Griffiths
Since 1931, the Swedish Leather Manufacturer ELMO has offered an outstanding array of the finest quality leathers in a spectrum of colours fit for any purpose.
 
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THESE COLOURS DON'T RUN: FAP CERAMICHE
Text: Dominic Lutyens
Premium Italian tile manufacturer FAP CERAMICHE inspires new creative combinations with its Color Now Collection, taking the fight to minimalism's monochromatic monopoly.
 
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FUNCTIONAL DESIGN AT ITS FINEST 

Text: Mosa
Envisioning a distinctive hotel concept, interior designer Roger Haan had one stipulation: he would work exclusively with MOSA tiles.
 
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INTERTIME:
THE PERFECT SEAT

Text: Mirjam Rombach
ILLUMINARTIS:
THE NAME SAYS IT ALL

Text: Thomas Germann
KÜNG SAUNA:
EVERY SAUNA IS A ONE-OFF
Text: Cornelia Etter
MAB:
IN ACCORD

Text: Thomas Germann
LEHNI:
THE PERFECTIONISTS

Text: Anita Simeon Lutz
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INSPIRING SEARCH RESULTS N°64: CINEMA SEATING SYSTEMS

Products > Office/Contract Furniture > Seating/Seating Systems > Cinema Seating Systems

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INSPIRING SPACES N°56: CINEMA COMPLEXES

Projects > Architecture > Cinema Complexes 
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ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN PROJECTS ON ARCHITONIC
 
JONATHAN DUNN ARCHITECTS
Kino Digital
Rye, East Sussex | United Kingdom | Completed 2015
Photographer: Oliver Perrott
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Galway Picture Palace
Galway | Ireland | Completed 2016
Photographer: Peter Maybury

 
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SCOTT WHITBY STUDIO
Caution Cinema
London | United Kingdom | Completed 2016
Photographer: Osman Marfo-Gyasi
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