Deconstructivist architecture – eight iconic buildings

UFA-Cinema Center
Architect: Coop Himmelb(l)au
Completed: 1998
Location: Dresden

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Photo: © Duccio Malagamba

A seminal work in the deconstructivist movement, the UFA-Cinema Center in Dresden proves that deconstructivist architecture is about more than just sharp angles and freeform building layouts. The architects also tried to deconstruct the whole idea of a public building, creating a library that, as well as being a public building, also functions as a public space in itself.

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Photo: © Duccio Malagamba

It is made up of two intricately interconnected building units: the Cinema Block, with eight cinemas and seating for 2600, and the Crystal, a glass shell which functions both as a foyer and public square.

Described by the firm as 'an urban passageway', the Crystal is also used for public functions, while the urban quality of the space is reinforced by circulation systems of stairs and bridges that allow views of people through layers of light and color.

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