Architecture Thesis |FOOT LIGHT MUSEUM | architecture through motion picture



Category Architecture Thesis
Project Area 11 ACRES
Student MARRIAM IQBAL  2014-ARCH-07
University UET LAHORE


Cinema, Cinematic space, Architecture and the Architectural Promenade, engages and addresses interwoven relationship between built environment and virtual world of cinema. Architecture or film both have use of narrative the can provide structure to the experience encountered by the visitor who experience the space. Thus the thesis emphasis on the questions that whether the architecture promenade, enhanced by the use of cinematic sequence and montage (change in eyelevel, angle, scale, framing, color etc.), can create an integrated and embellish experience for the users of a building?


This thesis is looking to introduce a building which would catalyze urban interaction by designing a platform to learn about the art of filmmaking. This project is a place for students, film enthusiasts and general public to immerse in the world of film. For students studying for a BA in film theory, to general public who can take part in workshops and enjoy the main public facilities, which include screening rooms, temporary and permanent exhibits, a film museum and themed restaurant, the idea was to weave the social fabric by means of experiencing and studying the moving picture. ?

In a city where urban interaction is at a bare minimum, the opening of five cinema houses all in a span of six to seven years seemed to have paved a way for the entertainment industry to stand back on its feet. After seeing a change in people’s attitudes towards the film culture urge to develop this idea. In addition the establishment of Oscars Committee of Pakistan scope of Pakistani film industry is evolving with something better and bigger, and there is no turning back from here.


Montage comes from the French “ascend, mount, or assemble.” It is not simply the technique of cutting shots together; it is a dynamic system for the expression of ideas.

Montage is a method of cutting to express an idea or story.

It can be set in opposition to a Mise-en-scene understanding of cinematic space, where there is no cut. A single frame and a single shot attempts to contain all necessary information.

Architecture exists like cinema, in the dimension of time and movement. To erect a building is to predict and seek effects of contrast linkage through which one passé. In the continuous sequence that a building is, the architect works with cuts edits framings and openings. Apparatus is the eye, the mechanism is physical circulation.”           


The montage Koolhaas speaks of is the cutting of circulation and program against and with each other; this can be understood as a cross cut architecture, or Parallel Montage, where the architecture is presenting simultaneously in attempt to define the richer whole. The inter-cutting of parallel action in film shows action across space but in time. The architecture aggressively edits the experience of the user through the selective Fragmentation of program.

The image above is a perfect example of an architectural montage. The steps, walls and roof seem to me just pasted together as is they were not designed to be that way. They seem quite different but yet they form unity. A thin glass partition abruptly cuts the circulation of the steps into two parts. Each part of the steps direct in different direction.

The Seattle Public Library by Rem Koolhaas constructs a “spatial montage” that manages to manipulate time and space through a multi model segmentation of vision. The person present in the building manages to witness the space at many velocities and from wide variety of perspective. The building becomes a mediator of experience as a space without time is a picture. Architecture is not a temporal picture, but it is deactivated by habitual use.










Info-360 is an Online Architecture Projects Directory which has evolved into a Complete Portal to Pakistan Architecture, Construction , Real Estate and Academics. It was Started Back in 2014 by Architect Abdul Ahad ,Graduated from University of Engineering and Technology Lahore . The Idea Behind info-360 is to provide a single platform for Architects,Contractors ,Students to Display their work and Business Profile and to create a 1- Stop Information source for Visitors.

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