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CASE STUDY 5 Lincoln Cinema, South Beach

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The South Beach area of Miami in Florida attracts sun and fun seekers from all over the world. The historic beachfront neighbourhood has more colourful Art Deco buildings than anywhere else in the world. It centres round five streets, one of them Lincoln Road.At the western entrance to the Lincoln Road Mall is the Lincoln Cinema.

Meticulously designed to complement the surrounding structures, many of which are on the National Register of Historic Places, the theatre's definitive retro look represents a nineties interpretation of the Art Deco style.

The three-storey building houses 18 cinemas on two floors. When visitors enter from street level and ascend to the second floor, they find a vibrant 13m-high wall created from blocks of laminated architectural glass with Vanceva Design.

Changing light Sunlight passing through the glass transforms the space into a cascading kaleidoscope of colour. 'As the day progresses, you have wonderful light coming into the space', explains Jose Murguido, a partner in the architectural firm Zyscovich Inc. of Miami. 'The yellows, purples and greens wash the floors and walls and are never experienced the same way, ' he adds.

Although the beauty of Vanceva Design is that it forms an integral component in the building's design, the protective properties oflaminated glass were also essential for this project.

'In Florida we have stringent building codes, ' notes Murguido. 'Vanceva Design is not only beautiful to look at, it also satisfies hurricane codes and is designed to survive a Category 3 storm.' Category 3 storms have winds up to 180 kmph. Doug Zacharias of Viracon, the glass laminator on the project, says: 'We used laminated glass made with Vanceva Design because it meets hurricane codes and because the Art Deco colours were available only with Vanceva.'

Sound control was another important benefit. 'We wanted to improve acoustics because the theatre is on a busy street, ' says Zacharias. The dampening performance of the PVB makes laminated glass an effective sound buffer, a significant aid in controlling unwanted noise from traffic, aeroplanes or heavy machinery. The Lincoln Cinema, with its dramatically bold glass wall, offers visitors a majestic welcome to South Beach.

Architect: Zyscovich Inc. , USA Laminator: Viracon, USA Project completed:1999

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