Pawel Grobelny Outdoor Cinema watching film

Blurring the boundary between inside and outside, this curious space encourages passers by to sit down and take in a show … except the show is playing on the other side of the glass, inside the building.

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For a cultural center in Belgium, Polish designer Pawel Grobelny (images by Michiel de Cleene) created this hybrid space – open yet sheltered, in but out, architecture and perhaps also art installation.

Pawel Grobelny Outdoor Cinema wood

Steel-supported timber provides seating, a backrest and roof, while the sides remain open and inviting. In the structure, people can also see the film being displayed, but outsiders are welcomed as well to interact from without.

Thanks to the way the structure cantilevers out from the building, it feels like an outgrowth of the primary structure. Videos are being played 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so people can drop by even when the Cultural Centre Strombeek is closed in the middle of the night to sneak a peak.

Pawel Grobelny Outdoor Cinema

“The design of an outdoor cinema was created for BKSM Strombeek Contemporary Art Center in Belgium. The cinema was attached to the modernist building designed by the famous Belgian architect Walter Steenhoudt. Movies in the out-door-kino cinema can be viewed over and over again, and not just at a time when the gallery is open. In addition, loud speakers were placed outdoors only, in the building structure. This ensures that exhibitions presented in the gallery are not exposed to sounds coming from all sides, providing comfort for both visitors of the gallery, as well as those watching films.”

Pawel Grobelny Outdoor Cinema unit

“The out-door-kino cinema is not about just watching movies, breaking the boundary between the “outdoor” and the “indoor”, but also has an integration role for the local community – it may in fact function as a place for meetings and rest for local inhabitants in the form of a covered bench. The design was created as part of the exhibition presented in two Belgian galleries BKSM Strombeek Cultural Center and Malines Centre for Visual Art.”