stars and stripes
Working on the Changing the Face competition launched by DuPont, studio k6 designed a façade for Moscow’s Pushkinsky cinema using parametric modeling in Grasshopper.
The generative design process was limited to shaping the single elements of the main entrance and followed an analogue positioning resulting from the concept under the working title stars and stripes‘ urban layout.
Pushkinsky cinema’s face is clearly directed at the Pushkin Square right in front of it. While the other façades are predominantly closed, the main front facing this articulated public space is composed of strictly screened glass elements.
On special occasions the park becomes Pushkinsky‘s open air foyer, the red carpet follows it’s length and so do the stars. There is a lot of activity taking place on Pushkin Square on these notably nights, but also in the time between events this public space sees a lot of use. So intensifying the connection and built symbiosis of Pushkinsky cinema and Pushkin Square is plain logic. Screening the Pushkin Square in the same way the existing facade is structured one gets 14 stripes. The central ones become the red carpet leading all the way from the park, through the foyer up to the silver screen.
The remaining 10 stripes shelter functions like seating, selling, informing, shading and collecting energy or shedding light. Merging the semi-public space of the cinema with the full-blooded public space of the square, stars and stripes actually releases some functions from the building itself distributing them along the length of the park and phasing the experience of the cineastic night in that way to several stages.
Programming these twisted stripes in Grasshopper was just the most efficient way to define the new face of Pushkinsky cinema over several levels of research in variants.
Two nights before the final contribution we discussed the formalism and shortcomings of our concept and decided to keep it and burry it deep in our archives.
When we saw some of the winning entries and recognized aspects of our work in many of them, we salvaged stars and stripes and looked at the positive aspects of the concept and our findings. Just like the Grasshopper code.
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