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  • rossiya’s flourish

    rossiya's flourish
    vienna AUSTRIA

    suckerPUNCH: describe your project.

    gijo paul GEORGE / hend ALMATROUK: A frozen trajectory becoming an urban mnemonic device inspired the design of the new facade for the Pushkinsky cinema. A witness to history’s turbulences and cycles of change, the Pushkinsky (originally Rossiya) personify the very definition of metamorphosis and change. Having much in common with the movies she exhibits, she saw her young days in the limelight as well as a steady decline and fall from grace.Emerging again as the most important cinema in the glamerous new Moscow, it is her time again in the spotlight, only this time with a flourish.


    The design attempts to capture the collective memory of the square and cinema and traces the trajectory of events as they unfolded. From conditional order to creative chaos, from propaganda and censorship under the communist regime to the hedonistic extravagance of the new Moscow, the trajectory becomes the generator of form, mutating from rigid geometrical edges to the playful and seductive lines of the hem of a pretty girls skirt.
    The axis of the entrance is rotated 30 degrees and the ruffles, in the form of an enormous LED media facade caresses and envelopes the grand entrance. The rotational axis also means that the previously generic bridge that connects the cinema to the park becomes a processional entrance way for the people who come to see and to be seen. The sleek bridge along with the LED ruffles forms a majestic red carpet backdrop.The surface is cladded with DuPont Corian cladding in a translucent, seamless finish which emphasises the gradient lights around the circular glass apertures scattered around strategic locations on the facade. The gradient lights are synchronized with the LED facade in a way that the building is always dynamically harmonious. DuPont sentryGlas system is used for the main entrance and the sliding doors.

    The facade along with the dynamically changing media, the redesigned bridge and the lobby, and the integrated restaurants radically alters the character of the Pushkinsky cinema and the square, and brings it hand in hand towards a new colorful and spectacular future. Make no mistake, this is Rossiya’s flourish.

    sP: what or who influenced this project?

    gpG+hA: We were influenced by the bold curves in the Marchesa haute couture and Renaissance sculptures.

    sP: what were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?

    gpG+hA: Heroes reruns, classic rock, Oum Kaultoum. Reading Necromancer

    sP: whose work is currently on your radar?

    gpG+hA: Kokkugia, Hernan Diaz Alonso, Greg Lynn, Lebbeaus Woods, Studio Prix, Excessive HDA, Steven Ma

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