New Zealand design collective Oh.No.Sumo created an experimental, pop-up, miniature cinema in a stairway. "Our ongoing goal is to experiment with architecture and the way it can engage with the public in unique and exciting ways. This project takes inspiration from the site and its inhabitants," the group writes. "The intersection of Symonds Street and Mount Street is a place of 'hard waiting.' Bus stops and Laundromats create a hard-scape of poor space for social interaction. Members of the public retreat individually into the media offered on their mobile phones. This in turn results in greater separation and dislocation from an existing community that is waiting to be activated."
To combat the issues, Oh.No.Sumo projected short films to draw passersby, selecting videos that people might normally watch with their face pressed to their iPhones to further emphasize the theme of community. They built the wooden structure that supported the makeshift movie screen and installed soft cushions along the concrete steps for comfort. Enjoy these photos and short video, which we spotted on Design Taxi, and appreciate how cinema can bring strangers together for a momentary respite from the every day.