Plantea transforms defunct erotic cinema into up to date art-nouveau theatre
Inside design studio Plantea seemed to artwork nouveau and retro Americana for the interiors of this multi-purpose theatre in Madrid, which was previously an adult-film cinema.
The Duque de Alba erotic theatre, which shut its doorways in 2015, is now a multi-purpose leisure area named Sala Equis, which interprets as Room X.
Madrid-based Plantea retained the normal concept of the cinema with its design, whereas additionally making the area versatile sufficient to host different actions too.
Whereas the renovated constructing nonetheless options a number of movie screening rooms, the principle gallery area has been redesigned as an “city plaza”, providing dwell music performances, talks and exhibitions, in addition to serving meals and drinks.
The designers mentioned they needed to create the sensation that guests had been in a spot “the place issues occur spontaneously”.
The primary courtyard-like area of the theatre is flooded with mild throughout the day because of a big glass skylight stretched throughout the ceiling, creating an open-air really feel to the inside.
This 30 sq. metre space of glass ceiling features a sunshade to dim the sunshine that floods in throughout the day, however it’s stored open at evening in order that guests can see the celebrities.
Weathered partitions, iron pipes and wall-climbing crops reinforce this really feel of bringing the skin in, in addition to the deckchairs, swings and hammocks which might be used as seating.
Painted in hues of dusty pink and sea inexperienced, these parts create what the designers describe as an “artwork nouveau” aesthetic, interwoven with parts of retro American cinema, similar to crimson neon indicators and old-style back-lit message boards.
Each room was designed with its personal particular person look. In distinction to the muted palette of the principle plaza area, the outdated Duque de Alba amphitheatre has been transformed right into a extra secluded, darkish cinema space, the place guests can “watch motion pictures correctly”.
In a nod to the X-rated motion pictures the theatre used to display screen, the amphitheatre is fully upholstered in wealthy crimson velvet.
This consists of rows of scallop-edged benches, chosen as an alternative of the person armchairs sometimes present in cinemas, in a bid to encourage a extra collective expertise.
Subsequent to the amphitheatre is the “ambigú” room – a spot the place meals and refreshments are served in cinemas – which is now used as a cocktail bar. It’s furnished with crimson LED lights and velvet furnishings to provide it the texture of a “basic evening membership”.
Following on from the cocktail bar is a small entry passage adorned with forest inexperienced velvet benches and tiled flooring, which acts as an intermediate area between the road and the inside sq..
Different current adaptions of outdated cinemas embody a venture in Stockholm by Millimeter Arkitekter, who remodeled a uncared for constructing into an Italian restaurant that includes ornately painted partitions and velvet furnishings.