Ciné 32 by
Encore Heureux

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This timber-clad cinema in the south of France was designed by architects Encore Heureux to evoke both the arched facades of art deco picture houses and the herringbone walls of local tobacco-drying sheds (+ slideshow).

Cine 32 by Encore Heureux

Located beside a former military camp in Auch, Ciné 32 is a five-screen cinema contained inside a staggered row of numbered wooden sheds.

Cine 32 by Encore Heureux

"Rather than a large infrastructure-type multiplex, we wanted to create the image of a collection of small neighbourhood cinemas together," explains Encore Heureux.

Cine 32 by Encore Heureux

Zig-zagging wooden slats dress the arched gables of each structure, while numbers one to five are hand-painted over the surfaces using a traditional decorative font.

Cine 32 by Encore Heureux

One screen is contained inside each of the sheds and every one is furnished with different coloured seating.

Cine 32 by Encore Heureux

Above: photograph is by Nicola Delon

The architects comment: "Cinema has this unique opportunity to gather different people for a common but yet unusual journey. We wish to offer remarkable conditions for such a trip."

Cine 32 by Encore Heureux

A sixth shed gives the cinema a double-height reception and is contrastingly clad with translucent polycarbonate.

Cine 32 by Encore Heureux

Activity workshops are contained in this part of the building, alongside offices, an exhibition space, a cafe and a terrace.

Cine 32 by Encore Heureux

Other recently designed cinemas include one in a former slaughterhouse and one under a motorway flyover. See more cinemas on Dezeen.

Cine 32 by Encore Heureux

Above: photograph is by Adélaide Maisonabe

Photography is by Sébastien Normand, apart from where otherwise indicated.

Cine 32 by Encore Heureux

Above: photograph is by Adélaide Maisonabe

Here's a short project description from Encore Heureux:


Cinema at Auch

Concept

To built a five rooms cinema for CINE 32 association has to answer some challenges. What else than a shoe box as you find in suburban territory? What kind of identity would suit to a meeting point, place of discoveries, debates and diversity? What presence for a brand new building right downtown, in place of an old military camp? How could we propose a place and an identity that fit to Cine 32 and its actions towards an always broader and mixed public?

Cine 32 by Encore Heureux

We came up with images of old cinemas' pediment and tobacco dryer from the south-west of France, with their openwork natural wood façade. We also care for an assumed double life image, an adequate day and night use.

Cine 32 by Encore Heureux

Cinema has this unique opportunity to gather different people for a common but yet unusual journey. We wish to offer remarkable conditions for such a trip.

Cine 32 by Encore Heureux

A strong relationship

To carry this adventure out we've looked preciously to the relationship between architect and client. Every step of conception has produced multiple studies. For instance, projection rooms were subject to a narrative outline and climatic environments ; bases leading us to built atmospheres. Thus, we go through starry night (first room) to sunrise (second room).

Cine 32 by Encore Heureux

Interior and façade lights were developed specifically to this project with an effort of economy, consistency and precision. As were the custom-made administration's furnitures.

Cine 32 by Encore Heureux

Artist Bonnefrite has lead building's signage with a delicate touch. The main sign, on avenue de l'Yser side, is a powerful and joyful gesture toward the city. Hand-painted numbers on pediments reveal the diversity of both spaces and styles in cinema.

Cine 32 by Encore Heureux

Strong involvement from local construction firms allowed us to respect lead time and expected budget equally with a common requirement for the result. The adventure proved to be forceful and appealing.

Cine 32 by Encore Heureux

Above: site plan - click above for larger image

Cine 32 by Encore Heureux

Above: ground floor plan - click above for larger image

Cine 32 by Encore Heureux

Above: first floor plan - click above for larger image

Cine 32 by Encore Heureux

Above: front elevation - click above for larger image

Cine 32 by Encore Heureux

Above: long section one - click above for larger image

Cine 32 by Encore Heureux

Above: long section two - click above for larger image

Cine 32 by Encore Heureux

Above: cinema section one - click above for larger image

Cine 32 by Encore Heureux

Above: cinema section two - click above for larger image

  • Filipe

    Perfect project. Ouf… it has been years since a project smelled this good.

  • http://www.flooringsuppliescentre.co.uk/ Emma Sanders

    It looks quite different but in the good way :) It’s nice to see something gistinguished among so many look-a-like buildings!

  • Marcel

    Really fresh, congrats guys!

  • http://maisonpassive.choppin.be/ michel

    Trop kitch la deuch!

    Mais l’ensemble fait rever. Jamais j’aurais cru voir ça à Auch.

  • http://twitter.com/samueltludwig @samueltludwig

    It seems nice enough, but I'm struggling to get behind this seeming endless corridor that all of the theaters are strung along. The organization is actually that of the preliminary/rejected Jacobs House schemes, so it's no surprise we see no photos of anything 'but' the screening rooms/lobby/cafe/exterior.

  • http://twitter.com/luke_hayes @luke_hayes

    But what about the horse?

  • http://www.brgstudio.com nulla

    Unusual, in a good way. Well done!

  • Lewis

    Fantastic – it brings back all the excitement and theatre from the glory days but in an up-to-date fashion.

  • paulodonovan1

    Shame (from posters) they’re only showing crap blockbuster films. Waste of beautiful architecture, theme, concept. Again, art from the exterior proves to be a depressing façade and no way reflects any experience within.