The city of Cahors (46) welcomes a new cinema! Signed Antonio Virga. Architecture, the complex energizes Place Bessières and increases the cultural offer of the town. All of light bricks and amber clad metal, the structure reinterprets the silhouette of the old barracks and acts as a signal in the urban landscape.

Integrated into a global development project of public space, Le Grand Palais is designed as a real place of life and meetings, imagined with the aim of revitalizing this part of the city. Dialogue with the heritage of Cahors, the new cinema revisits the aesthetics of the old barracks at Place Bessières.

A large monolith of light bricks, the building acts as a mirror of the old barracks, simplifying its silhouette and thus making it part of a contemporary approach. Extended by a second volume in amber metal, the whole ensures consistency between the vernacular architecture of the Lot and its many iconic stone buildings - the Tower of Pope John-XXII in particular - and the desire to mark a turning point in the history of the place. The whole is embellished with elegant signage that lights up after dark.

With a floor area of ​​3 square meters, the project spread over two levels, seven projection rooms as well as a bistro space offering local products and a mezzanine hosting temporary exhibitions.

A bridge between heritage and contemporary architecture.

Project title : Cinema Le Grand Palais
Location: Cahors (46)
Owner: Marie de Cahors + Cadurcian Society of Cadurcian Exploitation
Mastery of work : Architect Antonio Virga
Surface area: 3 m² SU
Cost of works: 6,4M € HT
Calendar : 2019 delivery

To learn more, visit Antonio Virga Architecte website et of Crane (Landscaping / Town Planning)

Photographs: Antonio Virga Architect

Zoe Térouinard

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