The Cinema RIF, a beautiful 1940’s building stands at the top of the Grand Socco
square in Tangiers, Morocco. The cinema today boasts Bollywood B-movies which fail
to attract locals.
The new architectural proposal leads to the design of a building that is driven by
its role as an interface: experientially (relative to time), functionally (relative
to its use), geographically (relative to its site), socially (relative to its social
and cultural context) etc.
The new program proposes a School of Film Studies will greatly contribute to the
ambitions of the cinema RIF, to “introduce Moroccans to national and international
cinema”. Moreover, as the Grand Socco gives a great opportunity for setting a public
cinema, a projection on a water screen will take place, featuring students work.
This water screen is the interface between the building and the city.