Converging Divergence: Film Shed as Cinematic Device

by George Zhang (MArch, MLA '18)

Sited on the water’s edge in Boston’s Seaport District, this film studio aims to bring together the shed typology as well as types of perspectives as a cinematic device. The disposition of four film sheds along the border of land and water are connected to produce a continuous figure. Optical devices of the film still and panoramic are internalized within the architecture through the serial repetition of a spatial bay and the profile of the film shed in the spaces between soundstage volumes, allowing for multi vantage points to be on display across an interior void. The gradually transitioning discreet framed openings in the transition areas render the surrounding site and city as a backdrop, externalizing the idea of a film setting to the urban fabric.