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  7. Gaumont-Pathé Alésia Cinemas / Manuelle Gautrand Architecture

Gaumont-Pathé Alésia Cinemas / Manuelle Gautrand Architecture

  • 09:00 - 9 March, 2017
Gaumont-Pathé Alésia Cinemas / Manuelle Gautrand Architecture
Gaumont-Pathé Alésia Cinemas / Manuelle Gautrand Architecture, © Luc Boegly
© Luc Boegly

© Guillaume Guerin © Guillaume Guerin © Guillaume Guerin © Luc Boegly + 28

© Luc Boegly
© Luc Boegly

Text description provided by the architects. In 2011, the Gaumont-Pathé group decided to renovate the existing building in order to upgrade the cinemas and to improve user comfort.

This aim is to gradually update the somewhat outmoded image of the chain of cinemas, transforming them into cultural venues, animated day and night and sufficiently flexible to accommodate a varied programme.

© Guillaume Guerin
© Guillaume Guerin

The project has two main aims:
- To showcase the film theatres and visually identify them as physical spaces, as much from within the building as from without;
- To showcase the films: the facades are covered in a kind of huge curtain of LEDs, which is used to screen a range of animation (film extracts, stills, colours and abstract images can be used to bring the facade to life).
These are the means by which the cinema hopes to resume its position within the city: internally, the architecture aims to display the cinema’s unusual and spectacular volumes, while externally it envelops itself in film extracts and moving images, which also speak of cinema...

Plan RDC
Plan RDC

A FACADE LIKE A PLEATED CINEMA SCREEN
The facade is broken down into into a dozen vertical strips, like ribbons. Each strip supports several facets, alternately orientated upwards or downwards, as if folded. In the central area, these great pleats are made of glass and covered in regularly spaced LED modules, forming a large, animated grid.

© Luc Boegly
© Luc Boegly

Towards the edges of the facade, the large pleats are opaque and formed of metal cladding, sometimes covered in the same structure of LEDs, sometimes simply folded to maintain the rhythm.

These ribbons can function either independently of one another, each showing a different picture from its neighbours, or as a whole, showing one single picture across all the LEDs.

© Luc Boegly
© Luc Boegly

The bottom section in each ribbon folds upwards to form surfaces that are almost horizontal, creating a vast canopy that overhangs the pavement by some 3 metres. These panels are also covered in LEDs, providing the public with different images, which are this time almost within reaching distance. This gives the public the sensation of walking into the picture as they go into the building.

At dusk, the luminosity of the LEDs is perceptible from the inside, illuminating the foyers and circulation spaces with the diffuse colours of the animated images.

© Guillaume Guerin
© Guillaume Guerin

AN ASSEMBLY OF THEATRES, STACKED AND SLOTTED TOGETHER
The film theatres are arranged within the building so that virtually every volume is visible and identifiable. The contents of the project form a sort of vertical sculpture, where the theatres slot into one another like a puzzle.

© Guillaume Guerin
© Guillaume Guerin

The tiered seating in the theatres is made visible on its underside, forming magnificent stepped ceilings. These ceilings are then extended into the adjacent space to create partially tiered lobby areas: little amphitheatres that slope down towards the theatre entrances, forming spaces for informal projections.

Section
Section

THE PUBLIC IS WELCOMED IN A VAST SPACE BENEATH TIERS OF THEATRE SEATING
Within this vast, light and airy space are all the reception services: ticket sales, an information point, automated ticket and information points, and refreshments, with a seating area and a cafe, access to the different theatres, and then a quieter space, with areas for screening films.

© Guillaume Guerin
© Guillaume Guerin

All the circulation interlinks within the triple-height atrium. A series of escalators and walkways behind the facade lead to the different mezzanine levels and upper-level theatres. The public can be seen, and can move around to look at the spaces from below or from above, as well as enjoying views onto the outside world.

© Guillaume Guerin
© Guillaume Guerin

THE VERY LATEST IN FILM THEATRE TECHNOLOGY
The project presents specific features that create supplementary acoustic challenges and generate an increased level of complexity, in particular:
- several directly adjoining residential buildings,
- a mixed structure of concrete and steel, requiring different solutions according to material,
- the client's wish to equip screens with surround sound (3D sound).

© Guillaume Guerin
© Guillaume Guerin

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Cite: "Gaumont-Pathé Alésia Cinemas / Manuelle Gautrand Architecture" 09 Mar 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/803906/gaumont-pathe-alesia-cinemas-manuelle-gautrand-architecture/> ISSN 0719-8884

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