INDIAN DESIGN R-World
Cinemas are spaces that give a glimpse of the glamour witnessed on the screen inside. A flashy atmosphere tends to prevail throughout and is an expected ambience. The way this flamboyance is portrayed can also have exquisite and classy tones to it. A snea
Afirst look at the lobby and one may perceive the design as a complex process leading to something exotic. closer look and one would realise the simplicity that prevails in the design that brings out the flashy character of the space. A simple concept adorned with elements of light and a creative exploration of the polygonal form are all that it takes to render the space with a dramatic effect the space demands. The gist of the design was to create a walk through into a sculptural feel of the space with the dominance of the honeycomb structure manifestation. The honeycomb form percolates the space with glass etchings and custom light fixtures which run as a design signature through the space rather than just imparting the function of throwing light. Since these lights are designed to be the highlight of the space, the backdrop is kept on neutral tones to bring out the vivacity of the light forms and the lighting effect it renders. The material palette is an all-black-noconfusion one. A very natural feel is chosen for the surface treatment across. Black painted walls, ceilings with exposed ducting and wiring and black flooring speak for a very non-distracting canvas. The sculptural acrylic lights with their colour changing LEDs bring about a constant change in the ambience, also adhering to the flashy gesture a cinema lobby demands. The ceiling heights through the space range from 8ft to 20ft providing enough freedom
to explore the form the light installations can follow. Also, the change of colours varies the mood of the space every now and then. With such a strong hue of light hitting the eyes, the changing colours give a sense of relief to the eyes so that they are not exposed to the same strong shade constantly. The sculptural effect is brought forth with lights positioned at varying heights in a continuum. Also, the size of the lights varies to give a sculptural and non-monotonous sense of design. The uniqueness of the idea is that the design functions on one predominant design element which creates the space rather than lot of elements coming together to form a singular space. As far as the idea of movement and freedom of space is concerned, a balance strikes within the space to assure a comfortable experience. With the strength of the lighting sculptures, the atmosphere is quite distracting. Such an ambience in a cluttered space would suffocate the customer or make him want to move away from the space. To revive the charm of the design elements, a sense of openness in the space is mandatory. Ample space might not be required for movement but it is necessary to leave open space to fulfill the whimsies of the customer and make him feel comfortable.
However strong an effect the lighting shades have on the customer, the freedom of space makes the equation right. Moreover, the nature of a cinema hall lobby does not demand the customer to spend a lot of time there. It is eventually a waiting and transition zone. It is in those few minutes that the cinema has to vouch for its quality by impressing the customer with its unique design sensibilities. It is therefore very crucial for the cinema to deliver its aesthetic standards and a sense of class through the lobby itself. Within the screens, once the lights are off, the effect of aesthetics vaporises. Yet, the screens are all dipped in a singular shade of red, the signatory colour of this chain of cinemas. Eventually, the symbolism and signatures a brand has established also have to be woven into the design. The opulence of the red shade and the materials it is expressed through, continue the class designated by the lobby area. Although the customer enters an entirely new design language, he/she would feel a part of the same entity. Also, considering that it is a cinema hall, the customer would actually expect a drastic change in the design language of the lobby and the screen.
Sanjay Puri Architects