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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Fog Cinema in Moscow, Russia by 24º Studio

June 10th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: 24º Studio

Many masters of Russian cinema, from the introduction of  Lumière Brothers to Russia, then Vertov, Eisenstien, Tarkovsky and  Sokurov to name a few, have provided us with unimaginable vision of how our world can be seen from a different perspective.  Through their evolving art of cinema, not only do its visuals stimulate us but furthermore, our subconscious creates a deeper imagination to the contents we literally experience.  Cinema world allows us to explore the unknown territory that cannot be experienced in the reality.


  • Architects: 24º Studio
  • Project: Fog Cinema
  • Location: Moscow, Russia
  • Project Team: Fumio Hirakawa, Partner, Marina Topunova, Partner
  • Software used: Combination of Rhino and Maya for 3D modeling and rendered with Vray and Maxwell

Fog Cinema

When we enter the realm of the black box and see the events that unfold in front of us caused by the bright projection, and in the most magical moments, we feel like we are participating in those fictional events.  The collapse of reality and non-reality creates a metaphysical hyper reality.  In this proposal, we question the current state of contemporary cinema house that conceals its facade with various movie advertisements and timetables.  Understandably this attempt literally portrays the program contained within.  But such what-you-see-is what-you-get approach does not stir our imagination leaving no space for wonderings and surprise.

Fog Cinema

Fog Cinema proposes a façade for Pushkinsky Cinema that will be veiled by a mystical fogwall, contained by a geometrical glass panels that dynamically change its face throughout day and night.  A sensation that is never provided in any cinema house will further stimulate the imagination of Muscovites and visitors of Pushkinskaya Square.  The new façade implements a double skin glass wall with two types of hexagrid patterned glass system on the outer skin: operable flat glass and concave glass made of DuPont™ SentryGlas® and Butacite®.  The solid side façade will be restored and coated with DuPont™ Tyvek® and PercoTop® and implemented with second layer of hexagrid glass.  The new facade will feature the ever-changing visual transformations created by the fog system and the natural/artificial lighting conditions.

Interior View

The fog will be created within the double-skin facade with the help of spray nozzles installed throughout the fogwall.  Water sources are collected via off-site and from rain water and snow on rooftop.  This water will be fed through the underground water collection tank, where it will be purified and fed through the spray nozzles to create fog.  The high pressure water fed throughout the fog system will transform a clear double-skin facade into a mystical sensation that temporary conceals Pushkinsky Cinema.  Sprayed out water will be collected at the base of the fogwall, and will be fed back to the water purifying tank.

Night View

The operable concave glass panels serve as rain and snow collectors, and after collecting certain amount of water they diagonally slide and rotate to feed the collected water within the skin to the base gutter.  Some portion of the water, together with purified waste water from the building will be used for irrigating the plants of Pushkinskaya Square.  The operable flat panels will open and allow fresh air inside the double skin facade to dry the glass after the fog performance is over.


24° Studio is a multidisciplinary practice established in 2008 founded by Fumio Hirakawa and Marina Topunova. We dedicate our investigation in working at the intersection of architecture, technology and environment.  It is in our inherence to collaborate with our vast network of experts to deliver new solutions to our clients and audiences in realizing their aspirations.  With ever changing global movements bringing us limitless inspirations, 24° Studio believes that the process of integrating multiple perspectives will lead to innovative result, thus redefining the connection between our body and our surroundings.

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Categories: Maxwell, Maya, Rhino, Theater, V-Ray

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