encore heureux: cine 32, france
encore heureux: cine 32, france encore heureux: cine 32, france
feb 19, 2013
encore heureux: cine 32, france


‘cine 32′ by encore heureaux, auchs,gers, france
image © sébastien normand
all images courtesy of encore heureaux

 

 

 

paris-based architects at encore heureux consistently find design synthesis through poignant and standout collaborations. their bold sensibility finds its way into a the 850-seat ‘cine 32‘, an art house movie theater on the site of a former military camp in the auch, the historical capital of french gascony. the five stadium-style rooms are an adventurous foray into the collective joy of movie-going, architecturally expressed in bold color and honest materials. the downtown building had to straddle an aesthetic that both appealed to an always-mixed public and showed a streamlined sense of individualism.


a view of the movie theater in context
image © sébastien normand

 

 

 

the result is an architecture that puts the traditional forms of pedimented tobacco dryers, seen widely in southwestern france, in dialogue with the graphic signage of contemporary artist bonnefritte. the ‘headlining’ sign dances with gestures of neon along the main street, joyfully hand-painted and unabashedly present. the curved, peaked projection rooms are additionally clad in a wooden skin fixed into geometric patterns. cinema affords architecture the complex and unique opportunity to create spaces of collective discovery and make atmospheres for a specialized public that is embarking on an unusual journey, it is only so appropriate the the building matches the exuberance of the endeavor.


the hand-painted signage is tempered by a graduated wooden skin
image © sébastien normand


the theater attracts a mixed crowd
image © sébastien normand


five stadium-style projection rooms stagger in plan
image © sébastien normand


the cinema benefits from ample outdoor space
image © sébastien normand


detail of the patterned wooden cladding
image © adélaide maisonabe


concession stands continue the language of honest materials
image © adélaide maisonabe


programmed public spaces curate the theater’s paths of circulation
image © adélaide maisonabe


image © sébastien normand


interiors are aesthetically flexible to fit the changing film posters
image © sébastien normand


image © sébastien normand


sharing the cinematic experience was a priority
image © sébastien normand


the theater’s administrative offices are situated in the pediment of the main building, with a translucent facade to boot
image © sébastien normand


projectors are cooled by duct-work woven into exposed beams
image © adelaide maisonabe


each room is arranged by color, from ‘starry night’ to ‘sunrise’
image © sébastien normand


the sunrise room
image © sébastien normand


starry night twinkles in the dark
image © sébastien normand


cinema is designed to be a collective journey
image © sébastien normand


bathrooms are clad in vintage movie posters
image © sébastien normand


rich colors draw the architecture together without detracting from the films
image © sébastien normand


views of the outdoor terrace
image © sébastien normand


artist bonnefritte’s signage makes the building a beacon
image © sébastien normand


at night the cinema is a vibrant standout in downtown suburbia
image © sébastien normand

 

 

site plan

 

 

floor plan

 

 

floor plan

 

 

ambulatory section

 

 

longitudinal section

 

 

short section 1

 

 

short section 2

 

 

elevation

 

 

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