Buoyant Cinema

REACT Buoyant Cinema is an alternate environment that challenges the state of traditional cinema. As a reactive cinematic pavilion for the River Thames, tidal and user flows act as input to generate spatial configurations of a dynamically buoyant component organization. Through the study of temperature and weight, component organizations generate a constant reconfiguration as a response to both the tidal state and the user’s response to the cinematic experience. In locations where habitation occurs, the component organization must flatten out, yet as the buoyancy requirements change, expansion occurs on the outside. The interior screen environment communicates this by folding and creasing. In this way, the interior gradient communicates a renegotiation of the engaging tidal flow. This renegotiation is comfortably slow, almost imperceptible. The building’s transformation based upon tidal swings may not be perceived in a 10-minute stay, yet over the course of a full movie, would be noticeable. Through the use of biometric sensing, the user becomes an integral part of the cinematic experience. The user’s reaction to the film is monitored and used as input to direct the narrative of the film and the creation of multiple film zones. Once a camera has identified a face and locks onto the moving image, the surrounding cameras immediately adjacent are disabled to allow for a constrained zone to form around a user. As the pavilion is entered, the screen environment engages the user response and begins to form zones of space specific to the direction of the narrative. With the use of database organization, the narrative of the film will have the potential for multiple directives. Based on the user response, the narrative can change from happy to sad, from anger to fear, and so on.

Architectural Association School of Architecture – Masters in Architecture