century old weltspiegel theater in cottbus is renovated by alexander fehre
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mar 09, 2013
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
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the golden ceiling in the great hall
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functional utilities are integrated into the design
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entrance hall with ceiling projection and 3d carpet print
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the new staircase connects the old building with the new annex
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the “black box” is one of the 2 new cinema halls
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special polygonal shape delineated by led contours
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a second new projection room contains an oculus
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the projector beams through the round opening
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circular shape motifs remain consistent
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night view
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floor plan level 0

 

 

floor plan level 1

 

 

floor plan level 3

 

 

floor plan mezzanine level 4

 


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