The Long Island Cinema Centre Competition curated by suckerPUNCH is an open international design ideas competition, which challenged entrants to design a large-scale centre in celebration of cinema. The centre will employ latest technology with 16 large-scale screens whiles encouraging a diverse programme. The centre will include café, bar, film and bookstore, auditorium for lectures and festivals and an outdoor screening area with amazing Manhattan and river views.

Arch2o-Long Island Cinema Centre Competition-Various Architects (2)

Courtesy of Madjid Montazeri + Ali Afsarmanesh

The competition demanded that entrants come up with proposals, which investigate how architecture can rethink the cinematic experience of the 21st century through the design and integration of new technologies. The design should allow for social interaction of moviegoers, foster interaction and retain them long after the movie.

Arch2o-Long Island Cinema Centre Competition-Various Architects (9)

Courtesy of Marcela Chan + Kevin Kwok

The competition jury comprised Paul Preissner (Paul Preissner Architects); Stella Lee (Bureau V); Gil Akos (Studio Mode); Abigail Coover (Hume Coover Studio, suckerPUNCH); Nathan Hume (Hume Coover Studio, suckerPUNCH); Jose Gonzalez (SOFTlab); and Mike Szivos (SOFTlab).

See renderings of the four Honourable Mentions in the image gallery below. The top 23 boards can also be seen on the suckerPUNCH

Arch2o-Long Island Cinema Centre Competition-Various Architects (16)

Interesting proposals were made; three winners and four honourable mentions have been named for the competition.

They are:

With the winners’ descriptions of the projects;

1st Place: “LIC Cinema”
Madjid Montazeri + Ali Afsarmanesh (Iran)

Metaphor: One, who enters, makes a picture of himself on a movie, and these two images are merged to the background of Manhattan.

Concept: 3 frames are located toward the river facing Manhattan respectively, the first frame is of a great screen reflecting the faces of people entering the site with hologram live projectors, as Andy Warhol once said: “in the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes.”

Arch2o-Long Island Cinema Centre Competition-Various Architects (1)

Courtesy of Madjid Montazeri + Ali Afsarmanesh

2nd Place: “Elevated Cinema”
Dennis Burke / Nick Kunkle / Eduardo Ponce (St. Louis, Missouri)

This project challenges the typical sequence of experiences associated with cinemas today. Instead of a linear experience, one with a dis-tinct beginning and end, our building creates a loop. A loop that rises and falls like the climax of a movie. In this way the building responds to cinema in a unique way. The building replicates the excitement and build-up of emotion like a movie. We have created a place to experience cinema that is as exciting to go to, as it is to stay.

Arch2o-Long Island Cinema Centre Competition-Various Architects (4)

Courtesy of Dennis Burke / Nick Kunkle / Eduardo Ponce

3rd Place: “LOOP”
Marcela Chan + Kevin Kwok (Los Angeles/Miami)

Two interconnected imperatives combine to drive the design for LOOP- to embracing technology in generating visual impact, creating a choreographed ambiance; and to inextricably combine this with a crafted, stimulating physical experience.

Arch2o-Long Island Cinema Centre Competition-Various Architects (7)

Courtesy of Marcela Chan + Kevin Kwok

By  Hassan Mohammed Yakubu

Courtesy of Various Architects

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