This former cinema was redesigned to become the headquarters of the so-called “Club Cheerful and Resourceful” (KBH), a popular Russian television show and international intellectual game. The original cinema building was constructed in the 1980s. It was a nice example of international style, with a rectangular volume and a classic entrance oriented toward the larger of the two streets intersected nearby. Since then, a tunnel was constructed right in front of the cinema, destroying the sight line to the building. At the same time, the transport situation of the adjacent crossroad became much more dynamic (and static during traffic jams). A metro-station appeared on the corner.
Participating in the competition for reconstruction in the beginning of 2012, the architects proposed to accentuate the corner of the existing structure. They wrapped it with two curved planes that meet each other on the corner. There was an idea to use a special textile, but the client requested perforated steel. The idea was not spoiled with this change—the result was a much more contemporary image that visualizes the context of this city site.