Anand Gangal is student of Architecture at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. He is interested in video games and dancing, preferably not at the same time.
Cinema Pushkinsky in Moscow, Russia by Popular Architecture
June 29th, 2011 by Anand Gangal
DuPont’s 2011 Changing the Face Competition
Derived from Casey Mack’s Description
Welcome to Pushkin Square, where Cinema Pushkinsky sits. In 1961, when it was completed, it shone out proudly, and attracted hordes of visitors. But now, in the 21st century, it has drawn in on itself. Historic photos and sketches of this theater show a building that was once much more open and inviting. It was a theater that drew moviegoers into its luminescent darkness. Now, the dilapidated movie theater appears to be a dead end of the once radiant Pushkin Square.
Architects: Prae Lorvidhaya, Casey Mack, Greg Pietrycha
Inspired by the cinema’s past condition and its location on the square, a group of Architects have made plans to expand the lobby’s façade and reintegrate the theater into the city.
Working with the cinema’s existing geometries, their expansion will take on the form of a pleated glass curtain.
Made with DuPont’s SentryGlas, the curtain is an insulated assembly that uses the depth of the pleats to create a rigid structure free of metal framing.
The curtain extends the pragmatic possibilities of the cinema, and will make new spaces for bars, restaurants, cafes, winter gardens, galleries, etc. , which will strengthen the relationship between it and the square.
Signage is handled by a stainless steel mesh embedded with LEDs that will cover all opaque areas of the façade.
The LED mesh will provide an extremely flexible system that is able to engage street life with multiple streams of information.
As a result, the renewed transparency of the glass curtain will be free to display only the changing light effects of day and night.
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