century old weltspiegel theater in cottbus is renovated by alexander fehre
‘welt spiegel’ renovation by alexander fehre, cottbus, germany image © zooey braun
on a rounded street corner in a university town southeast of berlin sits the second-oldest operating cinema in germany. dubbed the ‘world mirror’, the historic movie house was an apartment building in 1907 until local architect paul thiel’s conversion design was realized posthumously. after world war II, the facade was restored and anamorphic widescreen playbacks were installed stage-side; it was one of the few remaining ‘kinozweckbauten’, movie theaters, to emerge relatively unscathed from the german reich cities. centered around preservation of a monumental gold ceiling, stuttgart-based designer alexander fehre has given the space a new life with dramatic, curved interiors and linear patterns of LED lights. the single-hall 520-seat cinema now boasts 2 more annexed sleek screens with 80 seats each.
renovated main hall image © zooey braun
the golden ceiling in the great hallimage © zooey braun
image © Zooey Braun
functional utilities are integrated into the design image © zooey braun
entrance hall with ceiling projection and 3d carpet print image © Zooey Braun
the new staircase connects the old building with the new anneximage © zooey braun
the “black box” is one of the 2 new cinema halls image © zooey braun
special polygonal shape delineated by led contours image © zooey braun
a second new projection room contains an oculus image © zooey braun
the projector beams through the round opening image © zooey braun
circular shape motifs remain consistentimage © zooey braun
night viewimage © zooey braun
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floor plan level 1
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floor plan mezzanine level 4
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