‘Since our cinemas more or less dispense with daylight altogether, and since no form can be seen in the absence of light, artificial light must enter into the architect’s calculations as a space-creating factor’ – so wrote Hans Poelzig of his Capitol Theatre in 1926. The space-forming power of light is also the theme of this cinema in Madrid, which has been converted with the lightest of touches from an old slaughterhouse. Two screens, an archive, and a film and TV studio now occupy the building, its spaces united by screens woven from industrial tubing across which light coruscates. In the auditoriums this surface is painted black, but in the stairwell it is left translucent, and it hovers over the archive like the nave of a floating cathedral. Using weaving – what Semper called the original construction method – to conjure futuristic spaces results in a fascinating tension between technique and effect, and a seriously dramatic atmosphere.
Ciniteca Matadero Churtichaga Quadra Salcedo perspective