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Competition: Beach Cinema, Cyprus

The Cyprus School of Architecture (CYSOA) has announced an international contest for a €10,000 outdoor cinema on a beach near Paphos (Deadline: 29 August)

Open to students, recent graduates, and qualified architects in teams of up to five, the anonymous competition seeks imaginative proposals for a 25-capacity open air cinema which will be constructed on Geroskipou beach.

The 100m² project is part of a planned series of improvement works on the popular waterfront. Last year CYSOA held separate contests for a new beach shelter – won by Korean firm Kim Min Jae Architects – and a €10,000 public viewing tower and a €20,000 lighthouse.

Beach Cinema contest, Cyprus

Beach Cinema contest, Cyprus

Beach Cinema contest, Cyprus

According to the brief: ‘CYSOA is looking to continue investigating the coastline of Geroskipou over the next year, with a number of design-led, small budget schemes that aim to begin the process of rejuvenating this area of Paphos. The winning design will be constructed on Geroskipou Beach in consultation with the local municipality, a fantastic opportunity for young and emerging designers and practices to build an early career project.

‘The essential programmatic need is to provide a 25-seat outdoor cinema, however additional programmes, material concerns, and aesthetic results should be decided by individual participants. Participants should re-imagine what an outdoor cinema could be, elevating it above the provision of a simple “screen” and seating.’

Geroskipou is a coastal town east of the major city of Paphos. Its population is approximately 7,000 and it is the second largest municipality in Paphos District.

The city of Paphos is about 50km west from Limassol – Cyprus’s largest port – and its urban area is home to 62,000 residents along with an international airport. The settlement hosted a wide range of cultural events last summer as part of the European Capital of Culture 2017 initiative.

Beach Cinema contest site, Cyprus

Beach Cinema contest site, Cyprus

Beach Cinema contest site, Cyprus

Paphos has many historical buildings and features a subtropical climate. It was an important centre for the ancient cult of Aphrodite. The coastal town of Geroskipou is, meanwhile, famous for its five-domed Byzantine church of Agia Paraskevi, a Folk Art Museum and the production of Turkish delight.

The latest competition is open to both solo individuals and teams of up to five members. Submissions must be in English and include one digital A3-sized landscape board no larger than 20MB featuring diagrams and explanations.

The winning scheme will be constructed following consultation with the local community and approval by the council. All entries will also feature in an exhibition hosted by CYSOA.

How to apply

Deadline

The deadline for registrations and submissions is midday local time (UTC+2) on 29 August

Contact details

The Cyprus School of Architecture
6 Stass Paraskos Street
Lempa Village
8260 Paphos
Cyprus

Email: contact@cysoa.com

Visit the competition website for more information

Jakarta open-air cinema case study: Q&A with Csutoras&Liando

The UK-based practice discusses lessons learned designing a new temporary outdoor cinema for Jakarta

How did your project deliver an innovative outdoor cinema for Jakarta?

Our project was driven by a social-cultural agenda. The main objectives were to promote Indonesian films and to create a venue where people from different backgrounds would come together, including those who cannot afford shopping mall multiplexes. To this end, the installation, besides the cinema itself, also included a generous foyer space to hang out before or after the movie and also a bench around the perimeter for people to sit around even during the day.

Jakarta open-air cinema by Csutoras&Liando

Jakarta open-air cinema by Csutoras&Liando

Jakarta open-air cinema by Csutoras&Liando

Which architectural, material, visual and other methods did you harness in your design?

Our project had to be constructed in 10 days and on a tight budget. Therefore, we used a scaffolding system for the structure, which is highly adaptable and allows fast assembly. For the finishes we looked for inexpensive materials, which could be reused later. Floors and walls were made out of plywood, decorated with an abstract pattern of colourful triangles, which animated the surfaces and showed direction to visitors. We designed a canopy of lights in the foyer using lampshades cut from thin aluminium sheets and sprayed white on the inside to more evenly reflect light. Being located in the corner of a vast square with Monas, Indonesia’s national monument towering in the middle, we decided to use a 6m-tall translucent, perforated ‘curtain’ façade to give the cinema presence in the large open space and to create a sense of space from within. This ‘curtain’ was made from perforated agricultural netting, typically used to protect plants from insects and the heat of the sun.

Jakarta open-air cinema by Csutoras&Liando

Jakarta open-air cinema by Csutoras&Liando

Jakarta open-air cinema by Csutoras&Liando

What advice would you have to contest participants on creating an outdoor cinema for a beach in Cyprus?

When you work on a tight budget it often helps to find the right materials to use first and then work with these to develop the design. Try to think outside of the box and look for materials, not necessarily construction materials, which are economical and locally available. Also, let the environment inspire you. Being on a beach in a natural setting, consider the sea, the wind, the constantly changing topography. These could inform your design in very interesting ways.

Jakarta open-air cinema by Csutoras&Liando

Jakarta open-air cinema by Csutoras&Liando

Jakarta open-air cinema by Csutoras&Liando