Combination of Scaffolding and Agronet fabric in Independent Cinema in Jakarta

Syifa Aisha Arashi | Thursday, 20 October 2022

Nine years ago, architecture studio Csutoras and Liando designed Kineforum Misba, an open-air local independent cinema built using scaffolding structures and semi-transparent agronet fabric layers. This temporary installation was built to promote Indonesian films through the Jakarta Biennale 2013 event.

Combination of Scaffolding and Agronet fabric in Independent Cinema in Jakarta(View around Kineforum Misba)

Csutoras and Liando were advised to facilitate a cinema with a capacity of 150 seats. To make this happen, the team designed 11 rows of wooden seats without backrests covered with seat cushions. The team explained that each row of seats is arranged at a distance of 1.5 meters, allowing people to stretch their legs without hitting the back of the person in front of them.

Combination of Scaffolding and Agronet fabric in Independent Cinema in Jakarta(Kineforum Misba can accommodate 150 people)

"The main objectives were to promote Indonesian films and to create a venue where people of all backgrounds can watch a movie on the big screen, including those who cannot afford the shopping mall multiplexes that dominate the local cinema scene," said the architects.

Combination of Scaffolding and Agronet fabric in Independent Cinema in Jakarta(Kineforum Misba - open-air cinema)

Built near the National Monument (Monas), Csutoras and Liando designed the Kineforum Misba with a structure not commonly used in Indonesia that year, namely scaffolding. They explained that the scaffolding system is commonly used in Europe, and this structure is usually used for temporary platforms. So scaffolding is considered the right choice for building Kineforum Misba.

The simple scaffolding system provides convenience in the construction of Kineforum Misba. Using a scaffolding structure, the team only took about 10 days to build the Kineforum Misba.

 

Combination of Scaffolding and Agronet fabric in Independent Cinema in Jakarta(Kineforum Misba was built near the National Monument (Monas))

Combination of Scaffolding and Agronet fabric in Independent Cinema in Jakarta(Architects used scaffolding to build Kineforum Misba)

To create a spatial experience, the team applied a semi-transparent agronet fabric mounted on all sides of the scaffolding structure. This fabric is applied as a partition while strengthening the character of the building. In addition, the semi-transparent nature of the fabric allows the audience indoors to look at the outside area. And vice versa, people from outside the space can see a glimpse of the inner area. This is one of Csutoras and Liando's strategies to invite people into the Kineforum Misba.

Combination of Scaffolding and Agronet fabric in Independent Cinema in Jakarta(Semi-transparent agronet fabric makes Kineforum Misba seating visible during the day)

Combination of Scaffolding and Agronet fabric in Independent Cinema in Jakarta(Agronet fabric allows people from the outside to see into the space)

Plywood panels are arranged as a thoroughly applied floor surface to give it a warm touch in an open cinema. Not only that but the wooden panels are also used to build ticket counters and food bars placed in front of the cinema studio. They added several dining tables to complement the counters and bars to facilitate visitor activities.

Combination of Scaffolding and Agronet fabric in Independent Cinema in Jakarta(Ticket area and food bar)

Combination of Scaffolding and Agronet fabric in Independent Cinema in Jakarta(The ticket area and food bar are equipped with dining tables and chairs)

"Kineforum Misba is not just a matter of watching a movie, but also of the community, about offering a place to meet, and socialize before and after the movie is shown. That's why we created a portico with a lighted canopy, which makes the space an alluring atmosphere." Csutoras and Liando said.

Combination of Scaffolding and Agronet fabric in Independent Cinema in Jakarta(Perspectives of Kineforum Misba)

Combination of Scaffolding and Agronet fabric in Independent Cinema in Jakarta(Floor Plan of Kineforum Misba)

Project Information

Office Name :
Csutoras and Liando
Project Location :
Indonesia
Completion year :
2013
Photographer Name :
Laszlo Csutoras
Design| Temporary Building|
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