International design competition to redesign the façade of the Pushkinsky cinema in Moscow and create innovative applications for materials manufactured by DuPont, the competition’s sponsor.
Positioned on the Promenade ring that circumnavigates the centre of Moscow, the Pushkinsky cinema is a punctuation mark on the circuit, exhorting passers-by to pause and engage with both the building and the adjacent public square.
Emulating principles intrinsic to nature, the rotunda form of the cladding has the ability to change its colour and radiance, thereby altering its mood. The cladding system also addresses the issue of insulation in Russia’s harsh climate. Hundreds of reflective panels are linked together, mimicking the behaviour of fur. Each panel is set to its own unique angle ensuring that, regardless of the sun’s position, a percentage of the panels will catch the sun’s rays and channel them into the entrance lobby to the cinema, thus keeping it warm throughout the day and changing seasons.