moving lights palace

This project is about reviving the aging Pushkinksy Cinema located in the center of Moscow. It arose as a submission to the “Changing the Face – Pushkinski Cinema Moscow” competition by DuPont.

An interactive curtain of lightwires is spanned in front of the glass facade. The wires begin to illuminate when brought to swing by wind or by people picking them. Thus the visitor is encouraged to shape the front on his own. Each wire is able to illuminate individually, enabling play of lights looking like waves. It is reflected in the new copper-golden glass facade as well as in water basins of different lengths in front of the cinema. The curtain opens itself in the middle to function as an entrance while catenating with the park.

Preservation and further more conjunction of the baroque landscape design with the functionalism and contemporary elements is the aim of this project. Sporadical in the park allocated lightwires reaching from the ground to the treetops carry the idea of moving lights into the park. The number of lightwires increases the closer one goes to the cinema, intensifying the effect until dissolving in the lightcurtain of the facade. This accentuates the view-shaft as one of the main principles of baroque giving the park a dramaturgy with the cinema as its climax. At daytime the wires look like a transparent curtain and the golden glass element comes into focus by reflecting the surroundings. As the dark is increasing the cinema with its lightwires takes over possession of the environment, indicating the time of day for going to the movies. The interaction and the repeatedly creating of moments lead to a new dynamic in and around the building to focus on the cultural reanimation of the Pushkinsky Cinema and Pushkinsky Square.

The lightwires are electroluminescent wires coated with Dupont™ Teflon® to prevent them from tangling and enable smooth moving wires as teflon is a material with one of the lowest friction coefficient. The copper-golden glass facade is made of float glass with DuPont™ SentryGlas® interlayer and a sheet of metallic coated float glass. The gold coating with its high reflectance helps to retain warmth and can reduce heating costs while it is inexpensive to produce.

Group members: Franziska BöttcherAdrian Reinboth

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