Unusual Matadero’s new library and theater

In Madrid, people decided to celebrate their cultural complex called Matadero with new spaces. Among them there a  massive film library, a film set and two movie theaters, all designed by the Spanish architects at “ch+qs” . Their main idea focuses on vibrant lighting and dramatic shadows to create spectacularly dynamic points of interest. The film library is decorated in black wooden boards, placed on the floors, walls and ceilings.

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The staircase bursts through the center of the floor with weaved lights, lighting up the entire library with a warm glow. Another 244 square meters space, meant to be a film set, is nothing but an open space designed to be versatile for various uses. The Matadero complex decided to make this space available for all film makers, but focusing on young and aspiring film makers with low budgets. Once their work is complete they can expose it in one of the two 239-seat theaters.

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The designers decided to keep the glowing tubes idea but using black tubes this time for an interesting light effect and also because it helps the sound absorption. To be honest this is a little too much for me, the large theater room looks really spooky, like we are participating at a meeting on a lunar location in the far future, and the other rooms look a bit like the space ship interiors we’ve all seen in movies. I salute their design but for me it’s a bit too cold and the light effect is too dramatic for that kind of public institution.