Branching Out sets out to transform the tree lined context of the Pushkinsky Cinema into an interwoven structural façade system in hopes of reactivating the site as a critical hinge between culture and nature within the city. Addressing the historic location of the project as part of the thriving boulevard greenbelt, the proposal attempts to return the site back to its natural context through a trifold strategy.
Initially, Branching Out creates an inhabitable roof as an artificial landscape within the project. The new elevated topography revitalizes the roof as a dynamic hub of activity at a vantage point overlooking the city.
The proposal translates the iterative pattern of cascading trees into a rhythmic façade of structural members which support a new circulation system to wrap around the existing exterior of the building. In doing so, the additional circulation comprised of walkways and stairs transform the original structure into a gazing device for watching the city. Much like the cinema facilitates the viewing of moving pictures internally within its theater halls, Branching Out comes a full scale viewing platform enabling sprawling lookouts onto the urban fabric.
A digitally printed birch moiré pattern captures the tree lined panorama within the two-dimensional plane of the entrance facade; further reflecting the branching system onto itself to create a layering of forested views. The experience of walking along the arboreal structure begins to mirror that of being amidst a forest of echoing trees; a path on which one’s pace slows down and speeds up with the bustling activity of the city.
Location: Moscow, Russia