gulf coast film archive
term | FALL 2011
critic | Carlos Jimenez and Michael Morrow
school | Rice University
site | Midtown Houston, TX
program | Film Archive and Theater
As a film director creates different scenes to tell a story, this project imagines a building that could be rearranged for different events. The design is a double ended, very literal, black box. The middle section is a large open hall with a fly loft system to lift and lower walls. This large main space can have walls enclose space to create smaller or larger theaters or zoned spaces for different exhibitions.These walls in the fly loft system can serve as display screens for a film when lowered or when lifted for viewers on the second level.
The partitions on the ends of this main space are large barn doors that can dis/connect spaces. The doors give the ability to open the entire ground floor to allow trucks to drive into the building and set up for events or the doors can be closed to separate the spaces for more intimate events. With the doors closed, two lobby conditions exist on each end. One, an indoor lobby area, takes patrons to the second level where a cafe and office over look the main hall. The other lobby is a covered but exterior space that serves as an outdoor courtyard for special events or gathering spaces.