urban cinematogrpahy

BEVERLY HILLS, LOS ANGELES, CA, USA

STUDIO: ARCH 412, Prof. Chandler Ahrens, Washington University in St. Louis, Spring 2014
PROGRAM: A university campus for 200 students in Beverly Hills, California, containing student residences, classrooms, film production spaces, administrative spaces, student common areas, a public theater and outdoor spaces.  Project duration: one semester.

On a prominent urban corner surrounded by three major boulevards, I propose a design that weaves residential and academic program around public, community spaces. The plaza and amphitheater, intended for both university and community use, serve as a central quad for campus life, and as an extension of the surrounding urban fabric.  Semi-public spaces, such as classrooms, a dining hall, kitchen, gymnasium, and student commons, form the bridge between this public sphere and the private, residential sphere beyond.  Overlapping, overlooking, and converging spaces enrich and supplement formal cinematic education by encouraging students, faculty, and visitors to confront, investigate, and contemplate their understandings of viewership, mise en scène, and sensory perception. The dramatic, sweeping curves that define the campus aesthetic can be interpreted as both a contemporary nod to Los Angeles’s cultural and stylistic association with retro-futurism, as well as a commentary upon the role that cinema has played, from its Golden Age to the present day, in defining and capturing the look, feel, spirit, and values of a time and place.

 

KEY MAP

SITE PLAN

 

1. Stage   2. Theater    3. Dressing Room   4. Costume Shop    5. Scene Shop   6. Classroom    7. Office   8. Dining Area   9. Kitchen   
10. Common Space   11. Gymnasium   12. Locker Room   13. Bathroom   14. Editing Suite   15. Storage   16. Bedroom   17. Laundry   
18. Communal Kitchen   19. Conference / Study   20. Courtyard   21. Outdoor Ampitheater   22. Film Screening   23. Parking   24. Cafe / Bar

 
 

SECTION A - A

SECTION B - B