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Vertical structure parking cinema and theatre jazz attic
Vertical structure parking cinema and theatre jazz attic

Section 1 theatre foyer 2 theatre auditorium 3 subfoyer (cinema) with view of parking level 4 projection booth 5 theatre directors 6 work floor of theatre management 7 jazz attic 8 service and escape route 9 parking level 10 360° city panorama
Section 1 theatre foyer 2 theatre auditorium 3 subfoyer (cinema) with view of parking level 4 projection booth 5 theatre directors 6 work floor of theatre management 7 jazz attic 8 service and escape route 9 parking level 10 360° city panorama

Foyer plan 1 terrace cum entrance to hill 2 entrance to theatre 3 foyer 4 theatre auditorium (flat floor format, 200 spectators) 5 bar 6 pantry 7 workplace and theatre store 8 changing room 9 toilets for spectators 10 cinema (6 screening rooms, 700 spectators in all) 11 projection booth 12 escape route, supplies
Foyer plan 1 terrace cum entrance to hill 2 entrance to theatre 3 foyer 4 theatre auditorium (flat floor format, 200 spectators) 5 bar 6 pantry 7 workplace and theatre store 8 changing room 9 toilets for spectators 10 cinema (6 screening rooms, 700 spectators in all) 11 projection booth 12 escape route, supplies

Jazz attic plan 1 entrance 2 stage 3 bar 4 DJ booth 5 toilets 6 terrace
Jazz attic plan 1 entrance 2 stage 3 bar 4 DJ booth 5 toilets 6 terrace

Impression of jazz attic
Impression of jazz attic




PROJECTINDEX
 
SPECTACLE AND THE CITY
Rotterdamse Academie van Bouwkunst
ARCHITECTURE

A new theatre in the centre of Rotterdam
Two Rotterdam film theatres, Lantaren/Venster and Cinerama, have voiced a proposal to join forces. The city council has seized on this to reinforce its plans to stitch the Kop van Zuid area south of the river to the city centre. It is prepared to contribute several million euros to the scheme, on the one condition that the new shared premises are sited on Wilhelminapier in Kop van Zuid.
As a regular visitor to both theatres and as a designer, I feel that this is putting the cart before the horse. The two theatres themselves need looking at first - how they work, what their character is and their place in Rotterdam's cultural network. Only then is it possible to decide on the best site, followed by the visual form the new premises should take.
My final-year project treats the theatre as an ideal, opulently layered public space in the city. This set-up springs directly from my criticism of Rotterdam's city core, where I see a lack of urban interiors. The buildings on the whole seem indifferent to the public space round about.
I set about finding a site where the film theatre could fix itself in the cultural heart of Rotterdam as well as become the focal point of Rotterdam's International Film Festival. A site, moreover, where its spatial context would place it in the most spectacular light. To counter the theatre's intimate interior quality I propose a salutary panoramic view across the city, familiar to us from the Kreuzberg in Berlin or Hampstead Heath in London. The urban perimeter block may prove the ideal setting for an unexpected expression of landscape. Those living round about could profit from this as much as the theatregoers and urban adventurers.
In my scheme the two theatres are gathered into a single fantastic public living room. This after all is what
Lantaren/Venster and Cinerama should be before anything else, a place of after-hours entertainment with an informal, almost intimate atmosphere. The foyer is the hub around which everything revolves, hence its central position in my design. Around it the complex machinery of theatre and film technique unfolds. Of course practical considerations figure prominently in the design. Wherever its users go, whether these be visitors or staff, it all boils down to how they experience that particular space. I have sought to orchestrate a dramatic or filmic setting for each individual programme component, such as a terrace as a tier of seating facing the street, or a parking facility as a dimly lit racetrack. Or a screening room that seems to have been poured around the sight line and the main body, and a jazz attic set against the decor of Rotterdam's burgeoning skyline. A theatre, then, that in all its spectacle and with all its users, celebrates the vibrancy of the city.