Cinema Gaumont Alésia

Manuelle Gautrand Architecture



A façade that gives life to a cinema that turns 100 years old

Manuelle Gautrand Architecture
Gaumont Pathé
Paris, France
600 sqm
Complex Coatings

This renovation project becomes an opportunity to experiment with new façade concepts: the envelope becomes a screen that invites the external public to enter the image. A building born in 1921 returns to be of extreme topicality and urban importance thanks to the integration between architecture, technological innovation and advanced audio and video systems.
The façade plays an essential role in the project, thanks to its considerable size and visibility from the square in front. The architects have broken it down into twelve vertical zigzag-stripes that rise up and become an entrance canopy to the cinema. The envelope is glazed and covered with sliding elements with integrated led bars that guarantee different animation possibilities.

Technology at the service of entertainment

The façade has been designed with external steel frames sliding pantograph, to support the led screens for manual handling necessary for cleaning the glass. On the roof and side, in front of the wall areas, there is a bardage of perforated and corrugated sheet metal. In the entrance area an external shelter with LEDs and automatic doors.

Moving screens with hidden mechanisms

Composed of galvanised steel frames, the screens are fixed to the glass façade with large pantographs and trolleys on hidden guides, to allow both lateral and front sliding, including the integration of electrical wiring for led screens where the film previews are projected.

Projects in evidence


Milan, Italy

VP 22

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