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


‘cine 32′ by encore heureaux, auchs,gers, france

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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. 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.   

 

 

a view of the movie theater in context

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the hand-painted signage is tempered by a graduated wooden skin 

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the theater attracts a mixed crowd

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five stadium-style projection rooms stagger in plan

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the cinema benefits from ample outdoor space

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detail of the patterned wooden cladding

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concession stands continue the language of honest materials

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programmed public spaces curate the theater’s paths of circulation

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interiors are aesthetically flexible to fit the changing film posters

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sharing the cinematic experience was a priority

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

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projectors are cooled by duct-work woven into exposed beams

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each room is arranged by color, from ‘starry night’ to ‘sunrise’

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the sunrise room

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starry night twinkles in the dark

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cinema is designed to be a collective journey

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bathrooms are clad in vintage movie posters

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rich colors draw the architecture together without detracting from the films

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views of the outdoor terrace

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artist bonnefritte’s signage makes the building a beacon

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at night the cinema is a vibrant standout in downtown suburbia

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site plan

 

 

floor plan

 

 

floor plan

 

 

ambulatory section

 

 

longitudinal section

 

 

short section 1

 

 

short section 2

 

 

elevation

 

 

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