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Symbiotic Facade – Pushkinsky Cinema

Located in the heart of Moscow, symbiotic facade serves to conceptualise the historical Puskinsky square through the blurring of Pushkinsky Cinema’s footprint. The new intervention aims to provoke, promote and provide physical, cultural and psychological interactions; drawing wider public to the area.

Rather than erasing the existing building, the proposed scheme celebrates the tension and co-existence between the retained and the changed through strategic use of form, light, space and material. Corian is chosen as the facade material in view to achieve a seamless organic fluid flow of amalgamation between the rigid (representing the past) and the fluid (indicating a new future).

The new facade is seen as a solid cellular structure that grows, at first scarcely from the square onto the steps and then gradually covering parts of the facade, constantly revealing a glimpse of the building history. The merging and emerging of this new solid structure into the light transparent glass facade generates a sense of playfulness while inclusive and inviting the public arena. Numerous ‘celluar holes’ within the new intervention also creates transient light qualities that will change throughout the day as the light washes over the surfaces.

The Pushkinsky Cinema with its new facade will stand out consciously against the surrounding baroque roof landscape, revitalising its presence once again as the focal point of Central Moscow.