Colin Fournier of the Bartlett School of Architecture collaborated with Polish artist Marysia Lewandowska and London studio NEON to create the Centipede Cinema in Guimarães, Portugal. The project was constructed for the city’s designation as the 2012 European Capital of Culture. It was inspired by a controversial local cinema club that started up during the authoritarian political regime of Estado Novo in the 1950s.
The main building material is cork, which covers the exterior and interior walls. Fournier says, “We wanted to show that cork can be used for architectural purposes. We used cork for the outer skin and a special dark cork to create the ‘black out’ effect needed for the cinema.”
We can't help but wonder if this would be a little weird to experience in-person. Would you watch a movie with your friends in a Centipede Cinema?