Winner of the People’s Choice Award in the category “Entertainment Venue of the Year” at the 2019 FRAME Awards
A striking new cinema in Berlin’s City West district, designed and realised for Yorck Group.
Seven theatres, 600 seats, an extensive foyer, two bars and a cash desk went into this large-scale project. Nestled in an area rich with cultural institutions like the C|O gallery and the Helmut-Newton institute, the design concept was to make each hall excitingly different, like separate artworks on show in a gallery. Inside each theatre, there is a different atmosphere, though unifying design themes subtly connect them. Angular strips of light cut through the halls, capable of any colourscape through clever LED technology, and the various textile wall coverings throughout hide expertly installed sound distribution and damping medium, ensuring optimal audio quality for every guest. The wall of one theatre is decked in hand-painted pink hued diamond shaped tiles. Another is clad in knotted pinewood, evoking the film and theatre backstage, in contrast to the grandiose, theatre red interior. Another theatre is pitch black, with the colour controllable LED light dissolving spacial boundaries, until the lights go down for the film.
Materials | Objects: Polycarbonate twin wall sheets, MDF, OSB, folded metal, copper HPL, real wood veneer, fabric
Team: Patrick Batek, Martina Durrant
Pictures: Marcus Wend