Austrian Firm Designing Film Center

The Pusan International Film Festival has selected Austria-based Coop Himmelb(l)au's design as the winning entry for its 430,000 square-foot PIFF Cinema Complex and urban plaza in Pusan, South Korea. The firm, led by architects Helmut Swiczinsky and Wolf D. Prix, envisions a structure with a swooping, curvaceous roof that will act as a film screen on both surfaces. Images can be projected from below for visitors inside the complex to view, but also from above so that they appear on the roof for viewers to enjoy from the surrounding structures. Prix explains, "the roof is not only a roof but also a flying building, so to say."

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