“Muranow” Cinema – Do you bear in mind ‘The Matrix’ and the questions that remained in your thoughts after watching the movie? Maybe related questions and doubts lie on the coronary heart of this small architectural venture: What’s an unique and what’s an imitation? What’s actual and what’s pretend? What is efficacious and what’s nugatory? What’s genuine? What’s an phantasm? A mirrored image in a mirror? What’s unintentional and what’s supposed? Numerous questions for 2 brief corridors connecting the prevailing corridor with the brand new cinema halls, isn’t it?
Architizer chatted with Piotr Hardecki, founder at Piotr Hardecki Architekt to be taught extra about this venture.
Architizer: What impressed the preliminary idea on your design?
Piotr Hardeck: The cinema is positioned within the space of a former Jewish quarter destroyed by the Nazis throughout the WWII. The previous residents largely perished in German focus camps. After the struggle, a panorama of destruction consisting of big mountains of brick rubble remained. For political causes, post-war architects needed to design new buildings in a socialist realist aesthetic. The designer of the cinema, the wonderful pre-war architect Bohdan Lachert, confronted a selection: both to design within the socialist realist fashion or to not design in any respect. He determined to tackle the duty of rebuilding the destroyed capital, however neither the communists (his buildings bore too little resemblance to the structure within the USSR) nor his outdated associates – the modernists, preferred his designs. It was solely many years later that his concepts had been appreciated. These tales from the previous had a powerful affect on our venture.
What do you imagine is probably the most distinctive or ‘standout’ part of the venture?
In my view, a selected function of our design is its uncompromising nature, uncommon in industrial tasks. I respect the truth that the consumer has positioned their belief in us, giving us appreciable independence within the selection of aesthetics. I additionally discover it inspiring to design with restricted sources and finances. Such work requires extra ingenuity and braveness.
What was the best design problem you confronted throughout the venture, and the way did you navigate it?
The most important problem was associated to technical points. The development of the brand new cinema halls required the ground stage within the rooms to be lowered considerably under the encircling floor. A attainable design flaw risked flooding the halls throughout heavy rains. As well as, in one of many halls there was a most important drainage effectively underneath the ground. This effectively was (and nonetheless is) a key a part of the basement drainage system underneath the entire constructing. We needed to assume very rigorously about the issue and its answer so as to not lower the route of the rainwater drainage system. Our multi-discipline design group got here up with options that labored effectively throughout the heavy rains and are nonetheless functioning correctly right this moment.
What drove the number of supplies used within the venture?
The austere and casual character of the corridors connecting the foyer with the screening rooms is intentionally contrasted with the ornate interiors of the outdated a part of the cinema. It’s supposed to shock the viewer and put him in a ludic temper. Luxurious supplies have been juxtaposed with frequent ones. A counterbalance to the naked brick partitions is offered by just a few expensive additions: stone flooring, trendy lamps and mirrors supposed to optically enlarge the small areas. The supplies used within the cinema interiors are primarily supposed to fulfill acoustic necessities. The darkish colors present a backdrop for the viewers and their actions.
What’s your favourite element within the venture and why?
My favorite element on this venture is the brick lintel above the door, which emerged after the unique plaster render was stripped off. It exhibits the nonchalance and sloppiness of the bricklayer, who in all probability by no means thought that his work would ever be uncovered as ornament. I just like the juxtaposition of the out-of-shape bricks with the even, technological edges of the fireplace doorways under.
How vital was sustainability as a design standards as you labored on this venture?
On this specific venture, the sustainable strategy to design comes primarily from the reuse of house and supplies. We had been in search of a particular aesthetic achieved at a comparatively low value. Uncared for, cluttered storage and again rooms got new life as intimate cinema rooms. The restricted funding finances offered the impetus to hunt ambiguous magnificence within the uncovered unique brick partitions, multiplied by reflections within the mirrors, in addition to within the refreshed terrazzo, contrasted with a stone flooring that resembles (however doesn’t imitate) the ornamental flooring within the foyer. An extra symbolic layer to the seen brickwork is added by the truth that in post-war buildings the partitions had been typically constructed of bricks recovered from the rubble of destroyed Warsaw.
In what methods did you collaborate with others, and the way did that add worth to the venture?
Along with the architects and designers usually concerned within the venture (constructors, sanitary and electrical designers), shut cooperation with specialist designers and consultants within the fields of acoustics and cinema engineering was essential. Throughout the realisation section, we had been eager to make sure that our concepts had been understood by the contractor’s employees, so we had been fairly often on website.
How have your purchasers responded to the completed venture?
The consumer breathed a sigh of reduction when the development was accomplished, as he was fed up with the noise and mud, particularly as the opposite screening rooms had been working usually on a regular basis. The 2 extra halls allowed for a rise in repertoire. In smaller halls, the price of screening much less worthwhile (however artistically precious) movies is decrease. The annual movie competition held on the Muranow cinema gained new alternatives. The cinema has turn into extra aggressive in opposition to the industrial multiplexes. Small cinema halls can display screen movies for faculties within the mornings, which gives a further supply of earnings. Buyer suggestions has additionally been very optimistic. We’re presently planning to adapt the previous boiler room into one other cinema auditorium.
What key lesson did you be taught within the technique of conceiving the venture?
This venture has taught us to search for potential in locations that appear bland at first look.
How do you imagine this venture represents you or your agency as an entire?
This sort of venture has been pretty uncommon for our firm on the time. Our speciality was instructional buildings and tasks with a powerful connection to nature in addition to city planning. This was our first venture with the theme of reuse. We now have subsequently been concerned in adapting different buildings to new capabilities and the expertise we gained from this venture has been very helpful.
How do you think about this venture influencing your work sooner or later?
Over time, this venture is gaining significance. Reusing present buildings and adapting them to new capabilities is a crucial approach of decreasing greenhouse gases within the building business. Alternatively, preserving traditions and our cultural heritage can also be vital. By our work on this venture, we have now developed concepts and ideas that we are going to attempt to use in future commissions.
Structure: Piotr Hardecki, Marta Czarnomska-Siecke, Kamila Swiezewska
Building: Krzysztof Guraj, Sanitary installations: Jerzy Rotowski, Daniel Toczyski, Tamara Zawadzka, Electrical and telecommunication installations: Lech Ciepielewski, Acoustics, cinema engineering: Andrzej Kryszylowicz
For extra on “Muranow” Cinema, please go to the in-depth venture web page on Architizer.
“Muranow” Cinema Gallery