Kanye West’s Seven-Screen Pyramid in Cannes by OMA

"A temporary pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival was inaugurated for the screening of Kanye West’s debut short film Cruel Summer. The pavilion, with a design led by Shohei Shigematsu of OMA, is a raised pyramid containing a seven-screen cinema designed by West’s creative team, Donda.

The pavilion is designed to immerse the audience in a space defined by seven screens of cinematic proportions (17′ x 17′, 17′x30”). Shot with a custom seven-camera rig in Qatar, Cruel Summer was envisioned for this space as a constellation of projections that wrap around the audience.

Located along Palm Beach, the pyramid’s canopy is hemmed to open up a panoramic backdrop of Cannes and the Mediterranean while creating an effect of levitation above the red carpet. Filmgoers ascend into the pyramid along a continuous red carpet that widens into the 200 seat auditorium."

The pyramid was open for two days of public screenings on May 24 and 25.

Photography: Philippe Ruault