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Beta Cinema in Ho Chi Minh City

23 Jul 2021

Interior Design: Module K

Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Beta Cinema HCMC

Beta Cinema

Bold colours, strong geometric shapes and a ‘flashback’ to the famous buildings of old Saigon come into focus in the new Beta Cinema design in HCMC.

Beta Cinema HCMC

Vietnamese interiors company Module K have completed their first cinema. Located on the ground floor of an existing shopping mall, the 2000 m2 cinema for Beta Media seats 1000 and is aimed at millennials with its Saigon vibe and architectural vocabulary.

Beta Cinema HCMC

Each detail of the design references significant Saigon landmarks dotted around the city: the Municipal Opera House, Ben Thanh Market, Central Post Office, Tan Dinh Church, Paris Commune Square and the small alleys.

“But we gave it a different take,” says Jade Nguyen, director of Module K. “We captured the iconic features of Saigon and transformed them by stripping details, condensing the basic lines and turning them into geometric shapes. Then we applied a technique of solid colour treatment, as used in graphic design and cartoons, to bring a unifying element.”

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The pastel palette, reminiscent of art nouveau, features hues of flamingo pink, sea green and bright orange. The various coloured blocks and cubes transition the different spaces and the stretches of colour give the space a seemingly endless depth. The main entrance features alternating geometric shapes, and a strong simple impact. The vast central hall and sitting area features a dome in Indochine green recalling the colonial Central Post Office with its towering vaulted ceiling. A circular staircase in the Beta Media logo blue colour is also a meeting place for young people. The floor is paved with encaustic cement tiles with oriental Asian patterns. A flock of pigeons flying above reminds audiences of those at the Municipal Opera House and the Paris Commune Square.

The ticket counter in shades of acqua with eye-catching shapes is inspired by the rhythms of the colonnades and roof of Ben Thanh Market. Circular cut outs in the walls and the ceiling bring contrast to the repeating shapes.

Beta Cinema HCMC

The side lobby and hallways are reminiscent of the fascinating alleys and street life of HCMC. The corridor leading into the hall has rainbow coloured arches. The mezzanine and ground floor are connected through corridors running around the building. Several semicircular loggias are formed to create check-in corners and panoramic views of the space. The asymmetrical arch pillars on the right side of the space reference the rose-coloured Gothic style of Tan Dinh Church’s design, as does a bright pink waiting bench.

Pastel pink staircases wrap themselves around bold columns, their stepped forms repeated in balustrades.Circular and square shaped chairs dot the mezzanine meeting area inviting relaxation and connection. The bathrooms are another shot of strong colour with asymmetrical motifs creating a striking impression. Inside the cinemas orange and lemon coloured lozenge-shaped reliefs on the walls alternate in shape and are backlit to contrast with deep turquoise coloured seats.

“The client wanted to convey a message of pride in Saigon landmarks, but not with the usual Indochine style. And we wanted to move away from the typical cinema design – dark and moody – so we tried to create a funky and welcoming space with locations for connecting, eating, drinking pre and post film showings.”

Mr Minh Bui, CEO Beta Group says: “Module K’s strong design response and their passion made a big impact and matched our own.”

The goal was to give audiences a brand new destination for movie-watching, with an urban art style resonating with a dynamic and bustling Saigon vibe.

“We wanted to create an “instagrammable” moment, a buzz, a wow feeling for Gen Z to tell friends to come and check out the design and remember the name” added Ms Nguyen. Module K used modelling from geometric shapes to generate the different scenes within the spaces. Materials include Indochine tiles, epoxy floor, steel structures, with furniture by local companies Soulroom and RPB Furniture.

After having won the project competition against 30 other design firms, Module K came in under budget and construction was completed in just 35 days.Beta group already has 20 cinemas in the northern part of Vietnam – this was their first in HCMC – and Module K is now working with them on another cinema on the tourist island
PHú quốc.

Beta Cinema HCMC

Beta Cinema in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietman – Building Information

Architects: MIA Design Studio

Location Hcmc, Vietnam
Client Beta Group
Status Built 2021
Size 2000 M2; Seats 1000
Partners Soulroom

Practice Credits
Module K: Nguyen Anh Huy, Jade Nguyen, Ngan Giang, Diep Binh Quyen, Phuong
Dung, Phu Binh, Thuy Vi, Nguyen Hiep.

About Module K
An interior design company based in HCMC, Vietnam, Module K specialise in the fusion of old and new, east and west. They design objects and colours in harmonising proportions through the integration of contemporary and local culture, meeting the need for authentic Vietnamese design with current needs. With years of experience they achieve their designs through listening, insight and responsible construction. @modulekvietnam

Beta Cinema HCMC

Images: Do Sy

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Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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