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The Seoul Cinematheque is premised on the idea that the tight dimensions of the proposed site produces the imperative of a vertically-stacked series of theaters, making for a challenging organization and circulation. Our proposal attempts to establish a meaningful relationship with the city at the skyline, within the tower’s circulation, and at the street.
Within the tower, the scale of the building is given life by an inversion of program and circulation. All theaters are located on the interior, while public stairs, ramps, and spaces of repose are situated on the exterior edge of the building, taking advantage of a diaphanous skin to allusively connect to the outside views. The perforated skin of the building establishes a reciprocal relationship with the organization of the program by corresponding to the angle of the theaters, offices, and workspaces that incrementally stack up the tower, giving the tower its salient image: wrapped in a gauze-like film, revealing the content of the its structure, circulation and public programs.
At the scale of the skyline, the building offers an open theater on the roof, using the raked seating to create an iconic slanted profile for the building, while crowning its identity.
At the street level, the building offers a porous double-height space, linking to the gallery on the subterranean level, but also linking to the two main theaters– one in the basement and one above the lobby. The lobby looks down to an amphitheater that activates the gallery, cafe and entry area while drawing in a larger audience from the street.
Principals: Nader Tehrani, Katherine Faulkner, AIA
Project Manager: Arthur Chang, AIA
Project Team: Alex Diaz, Evelyn Fung, Yunhwan Jung, Lisa LaCharité, Mitch Mickawiak, Amin Tadj, Matthew Waxman, Ilia Yazdanpanah, and Luisel Zayas
Manifesto Architecture Team