While trying to plan a trip to the movies on Boxing Day, a friend surprised me with an alternative offer…
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Some cinematic experiences are defined by their built environments, be it the minimalist architectural plan outlines of Dogville or the lavish Mid-Century Modern estate from the Big Lebowski.
Illustrator Federico Babina has taken iconic structures from major motion pictures and rendered them in a way that both shows off the unique character of these charismatic buildings and ties them together aesthetically.
This set of poster-worthy ARCHICINE prints features classics like Rear Window and Star Wars as well as contemporary sets including L.A. Confidential and The Incredibles.
Public art used to be synonymous with huge and impersonal and location-agnostic sculptures made of metal and marble. Countering that classic Modernist trend are installations like this pair: a set small, site-specific and community-oriented design-build projects located in Auckland, New Zealand, and New York City, New York, respectively.
First, from Oh No Sumo (images by Simon Devitt), the Stairway Cinema, a sheltered spot for watching movies on steps rising right off the sidewalk and open to pedestrians passing by. Public participants are invited to curate the collection of films shown on the screen.
About its creators and inspiration: “Our ongoing goal is to experiment with architecture and the way it can engage with the public in unique and exciting ways. This project takes inspiration from the site and its inhabitants. The intersection of Symonds Street and Mount Street is a place of ‘hard waiting’. Bus stops and laundromats create a hard-scape of poor space for social interaction.”
When the scenery is this beautiful, who could blame you for letting your attention wander away from the movie screen? Beijing-based architect Ole Scheeren constructed a temporary floating cinema for the Film on the Rocks Yao Noi Festival in Thailand, with a platform that undulated on gentle blue-green tropical waters in the Nai Pi Lae lagoon.
Some might argue that when you’re watching a film, you should be totally sucked into it, forgetting about your surroundings – so what should it matter that just beyond the screen are majestic, towering rock islands, or that just below the platform upon which you sit could be coral reefs brimming with colorful life? But watching a movie in a setting like this is definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and your memories of whatever film you see would never be the same.
The Archipelago Cinema featured a floating screen and a raft-like auditorium where guests nestled into big, soft, cozy chairs. Scheeren adapted local techniques used by fisherman to construct floating lobster farms, making the cinema out of recycled materials. After its run as a theater was up, the cinema was donated to the community of Yao Noi for use as a playground and stage.
Scheeren described his project to Architizer: “A screen, nestled somewhere between the rocks. And the audience…floating…hovering above the sea, somewhere in the middle of this incredible space of the lagoon, focused on the moving images across the water: a sense of temporality, randomness, almost like driftwood. Or maybe something more architectural: modular pieces, loosely assembled, like a group of little islands that congregate to form an auditorium.”