Thanks to its height, the cinema will serve as a new beacon on Antibes’s skyline. Furthermore, due to its centrality, it will be linked to a new urban itinerary.
Seen from the Place des Martyrs, the building will provide a totem for the Rue Lacan, from where one will be able to view the landscape emerging from behind the façade.
The itinerary will then extend into the cinema’s reception area at the corner of Rue Fontvieille, traversing the various programmes inside.
Finally, the interior volumes will form a canyon from the bottom of which cinema goers will be able to glimpse the heart of the urban island.
Downtown cinemas often serve as markers, symbols of their cities’ leisure districts.
Their façades should suggest to spectators the emotions they will experience when they are inside the darkened auditorium.
Frequently installed in theatres and music halls, the earliest cinemas reflected theatre architectural styles. However, in the 20th century, cinema architecture became increasingly functional and banal.
But in Antibes, the urban context led us to foreground cinema architecture as an element worthy of note due to its elegance and the materials used.
The building’s relationship with the town was an important factor in terms of its integration with the volumes of the neighbouring constructions.