Located in several different environments, the introduction of the cinema structure transforms the surrounding space. Each site is occupied for a single day before moving to a new location. (photo; William Eakin)
The project examines four distinctly different urban contexts within the city.
This model shows how darkness is achieved through the maze-like quality of the interior space. One enters at the top of the plan and exits on the right. The image is reflected by three mirrors before being rear-projected onto a horizontal surface viewed from above. As others passthrough the space their bodies interrupt the image becoming part of the film itself.
The cinema was conceived, designed and fabricated by Thomas Evans, Craig Rodmore, and Will Vachon, with special assistance from Solomon Nagler. The project was presented in Winnipeg September 26-29, 2012, and featured films by Alexandre Larose, Alex Mackenzie, Caroline Monnet, Heidi Phillips, and Isabella Pruska Oldenhof. (video; Will Vachon)
This exploded axonometric drawing indicates the structural layers of the building and highlights the demountable nature of the project.
One of the greatest design challenges in this project was providing a sizeable image inside a compact interior. The resolution to this problem involved multiple reflections off mirrored surfaces.
The cinema components pack flat and fit within a standard cargo van. (photo; William Eakin)
Machined aluminum hardware was used to lock the panels into place for ease of assembly.
Slots in the floor assembly accept wall panels, while pockets at the perimeter accept custom aluminum hardware for secure connections to the cladding panels. All components were designed to pack flat for shipping. (photo; William Eakin)
Each building component was designed to be installed by one or two people for optimum mobility. (photo; William Eakin)
A series of mirrors is used to bounce the projected image around the interior of the cinema. (photo; William Eakin)
The projected image is reflected by a series of mirrors to create an unconventional haptic form of viewing (photo; William Eakin).
The project can be assembled in under three hours. (photo; William Eakin)
Here the cinema finds a home in a loading bay to enliven an underused urban space. (photo; Craig Rodmore)
The assembly of the cinema became a public event, with onlookers curious about the quick setup. (photo; Craig Rodmore)
Inside the cinema darkness is achieved to watch the illuminated film. From the outside a counter-light acts as a beacon to attract people to the cinema. (photo; Craig Rodmore)