general view from above
view from below
Turning over the cinema
Experimenting amidst the human interactions, the prime mover of the cinematic experience,
a living facade augments the new technological advances found within Pushkinsky theater and facilitates a more complete movie-going experience. This experience projects out through the city and illuminates that within the theater, offering both projection and reflection for those who visit.
Growing out of the underbelly of the existent structure, we shelter the visitors of Pushkinsky Cinema under the giant eave jutting from the building, within an active facade, a rambling set of bleachers, a tribune, a place to meet.
The steps comprise a vertical gathering place accessible at any hour. Entered directly from Pushkinsky Plaza people of the city are welcomed to meet, sit, talk, picnic, or merely contemplate the city.
This facade is a way to externalise the social aspect of the cinema.
The new facade will become a transitional space, a buffer between the fictions experienced within the theater and the reality of the city. This facade is exposed to the city as a social scene.
This facade has two faces : the exterior face, more likely to be used in the summer months, the bleachers belonging to the city ; and the interior one, the lobby belonging to the cinema. The linkbetween the two is made by additional programs.
Transitional spaces between the city and Pushkinsky Cinema
Composing different elements, each visually open both to the city and the interior lobby of the cinema, the program as proposed consists of the following:
Book store- dedicated to the world of cinema
Café / restaurant
The stair is used as a measurement unit : Steps individually scaled for circulation, private seating, and group seating
Varying informal spaces evolve throughout the structure of the bleachers giving access to both the exterior and interior environs, passages merging the two with contrapoised ascending and descending pathways. The facade, constructed of concrete, and steel seamlessly leads visitors from the street to the cinema, to the café, the mezzanine, and of course to the tribune itself. The third material are the visitors, the element of life itself, arriving and moving about upon the steps.