LONG ISLAND CINEMA COMPETITION
First Place – $1200
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project
madjid MONTAZERI + ali AFSARMANESH:
One who enters, makes a picture of himself on a movie, and these two images are merged to the background of Manhattan.
3 frames are located toward the river facing Manhattan respectively, the first frame is of a great screen reflecting the faces of people entering the site with hologram live projectors, as Andy Warhol once said: “in the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes.”
The second frame is a screen for the outdoor amphitheatre, with the seats located on the roofs of the lower indoor space.
The third frame is a void looking to the horizon line of Manhattan.
Process of Design:
The circulation is formed in a three turn spiral. The theatres are located in the spiral. And the theatres are connected to each others in corners by large escalators which provide changing views to Manhattan and the surrounding. These three turns create three huge screens which lead to cohesive combination of indoor and outdoor spaces of Manhattan.
When a movie is on the second screen the first frame reflect the faces of people watching the movie or entering the site, the intersection of these two images present a live performance both for people watching Manhattan from the site and watching the site from Manhattan.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
mM+aA: Massoud Afsarmanesh
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
we were listening to Electric Ladyland by Jimi Hendrix
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
Cable 8 cultural center by Massoud Afsarmanesh
Architect: madjid MONTAZERI, ali AFSARMANESH
Associate Architects: ehsan HASSANPOUR LIMA, lila TADAIONI
Project Team: pegah JALALI, sahand SOHRAB, mohammad MOMENI
3D Rendering: saied FAHIMPOUR
The process of design is based on a method by the late Iranian Architect, Professor Massoud Afsarmanesh.
michael SZIVOS: The idea of the building not only framing content, but in some ways producing content and even remixing it with the public is very compelling. I wish the formal resolution of the building was clearer in its support for this idea. The idea is very strong and should very apparent rather than diluted by an overly complex form.
gil AKOS: While a bit fantastical, I thoroughly enjoy the central idea behind this project and how it relates time, as an inherent property of film, to the configuration of the building and our sequential experience of it.
stella LEE: This would make a great installation in the city and what I enjoy most is how it engages the person, the moving picture and the cityscape in the way described in the description. Poetic and if one could actually build this, would be pretty astonishing. And fun. This is less about fame and more about image so I found the Warhol quote a bit off but nonetheless very nice project.