A design entry to the Hayy Cinema international competition organized by the Art Jameel Foundation. In collaboration with Mio Tsuneyama (Studio mnm) and Hiroyuki Ogawa (HOAP Architects).
How to insert a cinema, which itself is a complex architectural program, in an aesthetically sharp and programmatically rich already designed art center ? Through our design process, we investigated multiple strategies where the cinema space does not disrupt or interfere with the design properties and quality of the art center but rather enables a discussion between the containing building and the cinema while offering the later the possibility to stand out and affirm its own identity within the art center program.
By contrast to a museum where the atmosphere is set and controlled to allow the public to engage with art in a specific binary environment, an art center promotes freedom, mutual and non binary kinetic exchange between the public, the art production and the space. Therefore, our first concern was to propose a setup that fits within the art center program spirit, to be simultaneously legitimate and legible to both movie makers and general public, locals and foreigners, while at the same time assume the role of a presentation space and leave room for conversation and cultural expression.