French follow Antonio Virga Architecte has used perforated brickwork and gold metallic to wrap a cinema constructing in Cahors, France, which filters gentle onto the encompassing public sq. at evening.
Antonio Virga Architecte’s intention for the constructing, named Cinema Le Grand Palais, was to reunite a posh of historic buildings initially used as a convent after which a navy base – the east wing of which burned down in 1943.
The venture is shortlisted within the civic constructing class of Dezeen Awards 2021.
“In recent times the area between the buildings, poorly outlined, was used as a car parking zone,” described the Paris-based follow. “With the [cinema], the premise of our venture was to search out the misplaced city metropolis that the positioning as soon as had or might have,” it defined.
“The structure of the cinema reaches out to previous Cahors, to the historical past of the sq. and to the misplaced idea of previous monumental film theatres.”
The seven-screen Cinema Le Grand Palais, which additionally features a museum area, is designed as a clean, pale brick field.
It’s an virtually uncanny copy of the encompassing Nineteenth-century blocks, echoing their peak and roof shapes however with daring golden doorways and no home windows.
“It was necessary to have a timeless architectural expression,” defined the studio.
“We needed one thing that will join strongly with the present – possibly as if it has been there for a very long time, avoiding all pastiche or fake vieux [fake old].”
As Cinema Le Grand Palais required more room than the brick constructing would supply, it’s enlarged by a extra modern quantity clad in perforated gold metallic. That is meant to look as a contemporary extension to the “timeless” brick kind.
“We opted for this ‘false’ extension, a second constructing in golden metallic, a cloth that once more blends effectively with the colors of Cahors,” the studio mentioned.
Perforations that reference latticed mashrabiya screens, mostly present in conventional Islamic structure, have been created in massive areas of the brick facade and canopy the metalwork.
Through the day these perforations permit gentle to enter the cinema, whereas at evening they’re illuminated from inside, revealing their location on the brick facade as a sequence of rectangular areas that seem to sparkle.
“We tried to play with mass and lightness, an concept additionally expressed via the facades, with their mashrabiya that ‘obtain’ gentle all through the day and irradiate by evening, making the constructing lighter,” described the follow.
Internally, the brick and metallic varieties are related seamlessly, with two cinema screens situated on the bottom flooring and an extra 5 screens above.
A double-height lobby and adjoining cafe area occupy the entrance of the brick kind, accessed through a run of glass doorways signaled by a gold-lined reduce made within the facade.
One other not too long ago accomplished cinema on Dezeen consists of the renovation of the historic Blauer Stern Cinema in Berlin by Batek Architekten, referencing its authentic mouldings with neon lights.
Different tasks shortlisted within the civic constructing class for this 12 months’s Dezeen Awards embrace an all-timber college in Denmark and a garden-like preschool in Vietnam.
The pictures is by Luc Boegly except said.