Amsterdam-based firm UNStudio has just won a competition to design a new cinema and cultural centre in Paris. Complete with sloping rooftop terraces carpeted in greenery, the structure will be built as part of BIG’s ‘EuropaCity’, a tourism and leisure district in the outskirts of the French capital.

UNStudio Reveal Plans for Rooftop Cinemas in Paris

The ‘Centre Culturel Dédié Au 7è’ – to give it its full name – will house a cinema and ‘cultural laboratory’. As well as featuring an indoor cinema, the centre will also have rooftop terraces which will host large cinema screens, as well as restaurants and cafes, and offers panoramic views over Paris.

The centre will be located in EuropaCity, a £2.74 billion tourism and leisure district which has been orchestrated by BIG. As part of it, the Danish practice asked designers to pitch eight key buildings in the development with the concept of ‘rolling hills’ in mind, including hotels and even a contemporary circus.


UNStudio’s pitch is all about ‘celebrating the art of film-making.’ Each of the three blocks containing the cinema halls will be organised according to genre of films. And not only will you be able to watch, the intersecting spaces converge in a shared foyer where training and production studios will be located to create movies.


The tilted angles of the Centre Culturel Dédié Au 7è buildings were calculated to ensure the roof decks caught the maximum amount of sunlight and the minimum amount of wind. The vegetation on the rooftops will also provide the structure with thermal insulation, reducing heat loss as well as keeping the spaces below cool enough in the height of summer.

Check out more of UNStudio’s projects over at the UNStudio Website.


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