Inssaf Zinelabidine : Greek Cinematheque
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Project implantation
Implantation plan
Mass plan
Territorial section
Axonometric view
Axonometric view
Axonometric view
Axonometric view
Ground floor: Archives, conservation and maintenance work spaces
First Floor: Young audience cinema, foyer, restaurant and permanent exhibition aera
Second Floor: Experimental cinema and film library
Third floor: Author cinema and access to the rooftop outdoor cinema
Inhabiting the movie rooms upperside: film research departement and ateliers
Roof top terrasse and outdoor cinema
Atlas of plans
The trapezoidal shape as a matrix of space creation
The duality of circulation on the floor, on the roof
Plot area
Creation of the public garden
Erection of the structure
Installation of the administration, archive and maintenance space
Erection of the first movie room
Inhabiting the movie rooms underside : the foyer
Erection of the second movie room
Inhabiting the underside: the film library
Inhabiting the upperside: the outdoor open air cinema
The public circulation leading to rooftop terrasses
Rooftop terrasse as the continuation of the public space
Experiencing cinema from the rooftops
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Perspective section
East Elevation
North Elevation
West elevation
South elevation
Detail section
Detail section
Floor textures
Ceiling textures
the in between festival of textures and materiality
Cinema under the cinema
Stars are the limit
Guided by the starry walkway
The end...

According to John Cage, “an experimental action” is one “the outcome of which is not foreseen.” Titling this course Architecture & Experience celebrates on the one hand its attachment to the question of high architecture as a discipline forged in historical and theoretical projects and, on the other, the experimental nature of an explorative approach that has been an operative concept of said discipline ever since the Renaissance – explorative, but still grounded in concrete reality.

Theory, by identifying the working principles defining architectonic forms along time, makes possible every kind of parallel while transforming every sort of question into potential architectural problematics. This is our main field of exploration.

Theory allows us to write the narrative that defines the rules of the project on the one hand and give it a mean on the other hand. Reason helps us to imagine narratives that, considering the rules of nature and reality, allow us to justify from a rational point of view disposals that would be irrational in a different conceptual context. Thus we can succeed in building dreams from the ordinary condition.

Athens is a condensator of the most glorious Antique European architecture and of the almost non planned urban forms of today that makes of it a laboratory for exploring the contemporary status of architecture and city. As usual, students have not traveled to Athens, to work more from the imaginary of the city than from its reality.