[DAKAR] Temporary Cinema

Project ///

Dakar is the capital and largest city in Senegal. It is located on the Cap-Vert Peninsula on the Atlantic coast and is the western most city on the African mainland.

Cinematography is the art or science of motion picture photography. It is the technique of film photography, including both the shooting and development of the film.

Cinema: A film theatre (also refered to as movie house, film house, movie theater or picture house) is a venue, usually a building or desiginated space for viewing films for entertainment. Most film theatres are commercial operations catering to the general public, who attend by purchasing a ticket.

Senegal has a number of filmmakers such as Ousmane Sembene who wrote and narrated the film “Borom Sarret” in 1963. The film received wide recognition in Africa and internationally.

Today, downtown Dakar, a city of 2.5 million people, has almost no films theatres with many of the old theatre if not all closing their doors in the last decade.

The aim of this International Competition is to design a Temporary Cinema within the city of Dakar in Senegal. This competition hopes to achieve the following: 

_Encourage and reward design excellence which integrates function, structure and details. 
_Analyse how the thoughtful development of the cinema within the surrounding neighborhood helps to create a livable community. 
_Research, respond to and highlight the unique aspects of designing a temporary structure. 
_Build knowledge of design principles related to cultural development within an urban area. 
_Encourage the employment of sustainable design in all aspects of the proposal.

This is a single stage Competition with the aim of identifing the most appropriate proposal, which best satisfies the general and specific objectives of the contest.

This is an open international competition hosted by [AC-CA]™ to generate progressive contemporary design ideas. There are no plans for the Temporary Cinema to be built. 

Media Sponsors ///

Schedule ///

_Competition Officially Announced - 01st November 2014

_Start of Competition and Early Bird registration - 06th to 28th November 2014

_Standard Registration - 29th November 2014 to 30th January 2015

_Late Competition Registration - 31st January to 27th February 2015

_Deadline for Questions  - 15th February 2015

_Closing Date for Submissions  - 02nd March 2015

_Jury Evaluation - 10th March - 17th March 2015

_Announcement of Winners and posted on www.ac-ca.org - 23rd March 2015


Jury ///

This International Competition was jugded by an internal panel of professionals including Architects and Designers.


Prizes ///

Winning participants will receive prizes totaling US$ 6,000 with the distribution as follows:




There will also be 7 honorable mentions


1st Prize, 2nd Prize and 3rd Prize will be published in following magazines as well as on the [AC-CA]™ website:

• aMush Magazine (Morocco)

•  wettbewerbe-aktuell Magazine (Germany)

• Concept Magazine (Korea)

• aROOTS Magazine (France)

 • Monitor International Magazine (Germany, France, Russia)

• A+E Magazine (Morocco)

• ASK Magazine (Egypt)

• Architme.RU Magazine (Russia)

• Future Arquitecturas Architecture Magazine (USA & China)

• Positive Art Magazine (Italy, Germany, Uk)



FAQ ///

Can project proposals be submitted on paper and with an accompanying concept model?
No. All submissions are to be in digital format as stated in the competition brief and the Terms & Conditions.

Can project proposals be submitted on paper and with an accompanying concept model?
No. All submissions are to be in digital format as stated in the competition brief and the Terms & Conditions.

Is the proposed cinema only temporary and movable for only sites within the city of Dakar?
The cinema should be movable, transportable with option of easy dismount / remount within the city of Dakar as mentioned in the competition brief.

Is the structure going to be used for other events such as group discussions?
This is not the main focus, however possibility of after film discussions and talks with director could be take into account in individual design.

Will film viewings take place both during the day and night?
This will depend on individual design proposal or vision. There is no restriction to the design proposal being an open air cinema or an enclosed one.

Is there a specific period for film showing such as mornings, afternoons, evenings or will it be all day long?
There are no restrictions regarding film showing schedule to affect the design criteria.

What type of films will be shown at the cinema?
The cinema will show both local and foreign films.

Does temporary mean that the cinema will tour or move throughout the city or does it mean it will be erected for a short period of time?
The temporary in the sense it will move from area to area and as such should be self supported with no deep excavation or concrete foundation.

Will the cinema be used for other purposes while not in operation?
No.However, participants are free to propose alternative used based on a suggested film showing schedule.

Is there a specified limit on the number of people or capacity for the cinema?
There are no restrictions specified regarding the number of seats or capacity. However, consideration show be taken into account for safety and comfortable seating and viewing.

Can project proposals be located in any urban area in the region around Dakar or must it be located in capital City of Dakar?
The project proposal can be located anywhere wihin the city of Dakar as specified in the brief.

Does the generic site have to be included in a formal context or could it be free of any context?
The chosen site can be free of formal context as the cinema will move from area to area but it should be flat.

Does the proposed cinema structure have to be rain and adverse weather proof?
There is no restriction. This will depend on individual design proposal.

Do participants have to adhere to the brief's detail for the traditional seating arrangement allowing for a maximum number of 22 seats in a row. And If there are gangways at both ends of the row then, 11 seat for gangway at one end.
This is to be taken as a guideline and respected where considering seating design and capacity.

Can the structure be one that is semi-floating over the ground?
There is no restriction. This will depend on individual design.

How long will the proposed structure be in place at any particular location within the city?
The structure will be scheduled to be in place for a minimum time of a month at each location.

Can the viewing area be reduced within the cinema design, if there is a valid reason for doing so?
No, the minimum 350m2 requested should be respected.

Is the possibilities to get  space for souvenirs/ gift shop of natural, handicrafts products will be acceptable?
There is no need to provide a retail space, participants are free to include this on their program (or not).

Could we use expensive materials, which light weight, advanced materials tend to be? 
There is no restriction, participants are free to use any kind of materials, however the uses of local material will be encouraged.

Will proposals to use digital technology be accepted, or should the proposal solely be for film technology?
There is no restriction, both will be accepted.

Is one screen sufficient, or should it be possible to play several movies at the same time?
Only one screen is requested, however this is open to participants.

Can we divide the total social zone area, or it must be an unitary and open space?
Social area space can be divided as part as participants design.

Can the cinema be free of admission fees, or must it be financially self sustaining? 

The cinema ca be admission free, but visitor will need a ticket (even if it's free) to access to the auditorium.