December 5, 2005
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Images courtesy Coop Himmelb(l)au
The Pusan International Film Festival
has selected Austria-based Coop Himmelb(l)aus design
as the winning entry for its 430,000 square-foot PIFF Cinema
Complex and urban plaza in Pusan, South Korea. The firm, led
by architects Helmut Swiczinsky and Wolf D. Prix, envisions
a structure with a swooping, curvaceous roof that will act
as a film screen on both surfaces. Images can be projected
from below for visitors inside the complex to view, but also
from above so that they appear on the roof for viewers to
enjoy from the surrounding structures. Prix explains, the
roof is not only a roof but also a flying building, so to
say. The building will include six cinemas, an exhibition
hall, and an entry plaza that allows guests to arrive by boat.
The project will also include a valley, a small canal park,
and a red carpet zone and walk of fame.
Coop Himmelb(l)au completed another Cinema
Center, the UFA Center in Dresden Germany, in 1998. This will
be the firms first Korean Project. Construction has
not begun, but Prix is planning to have the center completed
in time for the 2007 film festival.