Over in Madrid, the people behind the cultural complex Matadero have decided to celebrate the world of non-fiction cinema by dedicating a brilliant new space, which includes a massive film library, film set, and two movie theaters to the subject. The space, designed by the Spanish architects at ch+qs, is exploding with vibrant lighting, which casts dramatic shadows, creatin exciting and dynamic points of interest.
The film library is outfitted with black washed wood planks on the floors, walls, and ceilings, and has an elongated stair case that shoots through the center of the floors. The vertical railings of the stairs are horizontally intertwined with clear plastic tubing with warm lighting weaved between; an effect which causes a luminous glow, lighting up the entire library.
One floor of the library doubles as a learning center for visitors who want to better acquaint themselves with “Cinematheque”. While the other floors provide dark display shelving for the 1,000 plus films and books about the subject.
The 244 square meter film set is an open space, designed to be versatile for many uses. The Matadero is making the space available to all film makers, specifically, young and aspiring film makers with low budgets. Once the films are made, makers can showcase their work in one of two new 239-seat theaters
We are slightly blown away with the design of the theater! The architects brought back the plastic tube weaving we saw in the film library, but this time with black plastic tubing instead of clear, to create a darker effect when introduced with theater lighting. The weaving wraps up the walls and over theater guests, which helps with both sound, light and sound absorption.
Also, each seat number glows, so you can always get back to your seat in case you need to break it for the restrooms!
These new film dedicated areas are an addition to an old building. Architect Cayetana de la Quadra-Salcedo explained that they “wanted to create a ’tissue’ uniform to ‘dress’ the building without altering the volumes of the original building, but adapting to its new use, a canvas where you can recreate the cinematic effect
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