in square lab proposed the recladding project for Puskinsky Cinema, Moscow, Russia. The proposal seeks to reconnect the Cinema back to the city through a series of site driven interventions; reviving the glory of the cinema and providing an icon to the city of Moscow.
Symbiotic Facade – Pushkinsky Cinema
Located in the heart of Moscow, symbiotic facade serves to conceptualise the historical Puskinsky square through the blurring of Pushkinsky Cinema’s footprint. The new intervention aims to provoke, promote and provide physical, cultural and psychological interactions; drawing wider public to the area.
Rather than erasing the existing building, the proposed scheme celebrates the tension and co-existence between the retained and the changed through strategic use of form, light, space and material. Corian is chosen as the facade material in view to achieve a seamless organic fluid flow of amalgamation between the rigid (representing the past) and the fluid (indicating a new future).
The new facade is seen as a solid cellular structure that grows, at first scarcely from the square onto the steps and then gradually covering parts of the facade, constantly revealing a glimpse of the building history. The merging and emerging of this new solid structure into the light transparent glass facade generates a sense of playfulness while inclusive and inviting the public arena. Numerous ‘celluar holes’ within the new intervention also creates transient light qualities that will change throughout the day as the light washes over the surfaces.
The Pushkinsky Cinema with its new facade will stand out consciously against the surrounding baroque roof landscape, revitalising its presence once again as the focal point of Central Moscow.
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in square lab is an architectural practice that specializes in Time Based Architecture.
This is an architecture that interacts intelligently with the environment and its users. This is based on the idea that the environment and the perception of it changes over time, hence allowing for the prospect of an architecture that manipulates the complex processes within the environment (ie media) to create new tangible and intelligent relationships.
The practice and design of Time Based Architecture are technology driven and often involves collaboration with diverse disciplines. Through the utilization of cutting edge technology and diverse knowledge, we begin to manipulate and interpret media in new ways. This manipulation of media in time creates an architecture that can interact intelligently with the environment and its users.
An architecture that can interact intelligently with the environment and its users is different from and provides more value than a static architecture because it can address issues with the environment and users in real time. In other words, the architecture can react to changes in the environment or users, and adapt/ respond accordingly to create an optimal condition.