The BAITAcinema is an ephemeral activation of a small courtyard located in the Baitasi historical district in Beijing, created on the occasion of the Beijing Design Week 2016 and the French-Chinese sustainability month.
This semi-outdoor amphitheater is inserted within the existing layout of the courtyard to create accidental encounters, new spaces, new usages. It opens up new potentials towards what the space could become.
The contemporary architectural installation taking over the spaces of its host was designed as an open cultural platform, a flexible artefact where specific and exceptional conditions are created, an infrastructure that enables and celebrates gatherings and collective actions.
The installation investigates and plays on the ambiguity of creating a space that is traditionally associated with public life, community space and civic gathering, within a setting that epitomizes domesticity and the intimacy of family life. The amphitheater becomes simultaneously a symbolic event in itself and a machine capable of producing events.
The ambition of the pop-up BAITAcinema is to create special moments of encounter and shared pleasure.
It will be a place where hutongs community and visitors can watch selected documentaries and multimedia works, with the possibility of joining discussions on the city, performances, cultural events and creative workshops.
It is a Beijing-based architecture studio active in a broad range of space-related disciplines. Through research, writing, installations, architectural design, urban and strategic planning in China and abroad, BaO aims to question, investigate, and act within current global and local contexts