Cinema Bar Houdini, Zurich
The illuminated golden lettering decorates and designates the cinema and bar Houdini located in the new housing cooperative Kalkbreite, lending the former tram depot a touch of glamour. The three-dimensional letters cast in golden hues stand out from the building’s façade by day, creating varied effects with light and shadows. By night, the lettering – illuminated from within and reflecting the city lights – takes centre stage.
Lit-up numbering marks the five entry doors, while signage made of bronze and gold-printed doors echo the colour tone and materials in the architecture.
Address: Badenerstrasse 173, 8004 Zurich
New build: 2014, direct commission
Architecture Kino Houdini: Staufer & Hasler Architekten, Frauenfeld
Architecture Cooperative Kalkbreite: Müller Sigrist Architekten, Zurich
Commissioned by: Neugass Kino AG, Zurich
Project team: Flavio Berther, Natalie Bringolf, Kristin Irion, Julia Marti, Guillaume Mojon, Nadine Ochsner, Ramona Tschuppert
Photos: Arazebra, Andrea Helbling (photos 4, 9); Sandra Walser (1, 2); bivgrafik (3, 5, 6, 8)