OMA creates Cannes Film Festival pavilion for Kanye West

Architect OMA has created a pyramid pavilion for Cannes Film Festival, designed to house rapper Kanye West’s film debut, Cruel Summer.

Pavilion Cannes Elevated Pyramid

Source: Image courtesy of OMA. Photography by Philippe Ruault

Pavilion Cannes Elevated Pyramid

Shohei Shigematsu, OMA director, led the design. The pavilion takes the form of a raised pyramid that houses a seven-screen cinema conceived by West’s creative team Donda, a design company that launched in January and comprises architects, graphic designers, fashion designers and other creatives.

Seven-screen Pavilion Cannes for Cruel Summer

Source: Image courtesy of OMA. Photography by Philippe Ruault

Seven-screen Pavilion Cannes for Cruel Summer

The space is designed to immerse the audience within the screens, according to OMA. It says, ‘Cruel Summer was envisioned for this space as a constellation of projections that wrap around the audience through the configuration of the screens.’

Seven-screen Pavilion Cannes for Cruel Summer interior

Source: Image courtesy of OMA. Photography by Philippe Ruault

Seven-screen Pavilion Cannes for Cruel Summer interior

The pyramid aims to create a sense of ‘levitation’ above the red carpet, using a  canopy to create a backdrop of Cannes and the Mediterranean. OMA worked with Cannes-based production team Ar’Scene to design an optimised triangular steel frame to accommodate the building’s technical requirements.

Shigematsu says, ‘The pyramid subtly distinguishes itself from the context of white event sheds in Cannes while achieving a structure able to suspend the complex screen, sound and projection installations.’

OMA drawing for the pyramid
OMA drawing for the pyramid

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