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British Film Institute Film Complex

Part 2 Project 2004
Alex Taylor
Seth White
University of Portsmouth Portsmouth UK
Our thesis design for a new British Film Institute ‘Film Complex’ explores the sensual experience of film and its relationship to a dynamic new architecture. The scheme comprises a major new arts and heritage project, designed to provide the UK with a unique, world class facility for the enjoyment and appreciation of film/television culture. It will bring together the currently disparate BFI facilities into a fully integrated accessible showcase.

Objective: To produce a project which met the BFI’s future operational needs, help broaden accessibility to audiences and visitors whilst enhancing their position as one of the worlds leading cultural centres.

Alex Taylor
Seth White


This site represented a challenge to link disparate parts of the South Bank in London through an experience of journey through the city, a route which moves from the river through a building and beyond to Waterloo Station, a challenge to resolve at different scales and sectional levels and to invent a new topography for the city. The students invented a landscape, and the two student projects create an urban space which relates to the river and the narrative idea of film, the ultimate journey through the city: from the reality of hard ,exterior, urban space to the interior experience of film and fantasy.

2004
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