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Issue 4 - Cinema

Architecture and Cinema: Real and Fictional Spaces (August 2011)

Locarno, located on the banks of Lake Maggiore at the foot of the Alps, hosts since 1946 the Festival del Film Locarno, one of the oldest film festivals in the world. In the Spring Semester 2011 we have proposed the students to design a building for the “Cineteca Svizzera” which on one hand would increase the Festival venues and on the other would extend the presence of the cinema in the city during the whole year. In the dAP issue 4, we present a series of essays, projects and videos explaining the research developed around the relationship between the urban context of Locarno and the cultural context of the Festival and between architecture (with its physical reality) and the real fiction of the cinema.

Issue 4 - CinemaMateo Josep LluísVideos, Studio


by Josep Lluís Mateo

The relationship between cinema & architecture is mentioned in many occasions and it's partially true. In fact, the architecture in the cinema appears as a background of the scene, as a background of the action. As, happens with photography, the cinema is giving us a specific point of view...

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Issue 4 - CinemaSteinemann RamiasEssays


by Ramias Steinemann

Locarno is a small town situated on the south side of the Alps, surrounded by Italy bordering just in the very north to Swiss Cantons. Topographically the city lies in the basin of the lake of Lago Maggiore at the bottom of nearly two thousand meter higher mountains. Due to the physical condition...

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Issue 4 - CinemaMateo Josep LluísVideos, Studio


Lecture by Josep Lluís Mateo

Constructing a building can be a long process. This is one of those cases.

The first step was to produce some brief reflections. On the basis of these, plus curriculum and similar documents, the Jury selected five teams.

My initial interest was in...

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Issue 4 - CinemaSteinemann RamiasStudio


Student: Tobias Tommila

The quality of Tobias Tommila’s project is the tfocus on the expression and identity of a cinema.The program of the “Cineteca Svizzera” is a heterogeneous mix of functions with two cinema-halls which are not more than dark and closed rooms. Nevertheless the expressive shape of the roof which...

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Issue 4 - CinemaConcheiro IsabelStudio


Student: Till Thomschke

Locarno's public park in the city centre is one of its main open spaces, establishing a relationship on one hand, between the old town and the XIXth century city extension in the Maggia's delta and on the other, between the Lago Maiore and the Piazza Grande, the main location of the Locarno Film...

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Issue 4 - CinemaHotz AnnaStudio


Student: Lukas Germann

The project for a ‘Cineteca Svizzera’ is located on a slope in the upper part of the old town of Locarno. To the north is a district of villas, while towards east, south and west are historic buildings.

The concept of the project by Lukas Germann derives from the given situation: an untended...

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Issue 4 - Cinemade la Hoz Rafael, Arbid George, Primas UrsReviews, Studio, Videos


Final Review: George Arbid, Rafael de la Hoz and Urs Primas

We have proposed to design a building for the “Cineteca Svizzera” in the centre of Locarno in the Spring Semester 2011.

Located on the banks of Lake Maggiore at the foot of the Alps, the medieval town of Locarno hosts since 1946 the Festival del Film Locarno, one of the oldest film festivals...

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