rsica - red sea institute of cinametic arts
the rsica film park complex is an answer to a film culture initiative within the overall creative economies that would specifically promote film education and host film production & film festivals. the school buildings’ “formative gesture” that comprises stage sets, editing suites, sound stage, classrooms, theaters, library, faculty studios, faculty residence and a café are positioned on site mostly as synergetic forms that descend into and ascend from the earth.
the negative space maintains integrity by claiming the larger share of the site as expansive arid landscape interrupted by two subterranean oases. the school buildings fuse unto one another and further connect through links to the other two functions; the film/spa resort hotel that includes a film museum and the public cinemas which, together, compound the capacity for film viewing during events.
rsica is designed as a didactic building environment that intuitively teaches students much about spatial movement, different light conditions, shadows, traveling sound, visual layering and several related film making compositional considerations. the building is mostly built, indoor and outdoor, with pigmented concrete that is left natural and raw with the imprints of the wooden formwork. some internal spaces are articulated with wooden planks as a softening strategy that also resolves acoustical challenges. the café, which is the primary social hot spot where students and faculty spend many hours brainstorming, hovers freely above the campus capturing panoramic views of aqaba as well as visually emulating the equivalence of a film camera panning arm in its dynamic swing over scenes.
risca is a collaboration with usc - university of sothern california school of cinematic arts and the royal film commission