The Bio Rio, Stockholm

The Bio Rio Theater in Stockholm, Sweden

The Bio Rio Theater in Stockholm, Sweden

The Bio Rio Theater in Stockholm, Sweden

The Bio Rio Theater in Stockholm, Sweden

What would your perfect cinema look like? For me, it could easily be the Bio Rio in Stockholm. Back in 2008 the cinema was taken over by new owners who had a clear idea of what they wanted. That was to provide a variety of activities in the venue while also restoring and rebuilding one of Stockholm’s oldest cinemas. Their events programme includes seminars, art installations, musical performances, operas, a coffee shop and of course, perhaps most importantly, a cinema screen. It seemed like a tough task to adapt this small space and yet they managed to do so. Better still, they did it while still holding onto the look and feel of the original 1940’s building.

The interior design and identity was handled by Swedish design bureau 1:2:3; who, with the help of Kristoffer Sundin, did an excellent job. For them, the main aim was to provide adaptable furniture and lighting for the space. Here pendant lights can be grouped together to light up individual tables or be left to hang and illuminate an entire space. Tables and chairs can also be easily moved around to turn the daily coffee shop into the ideal place for meetings and seminars. Even the typography is adaptable, with all signs written manually by staff. It leads to a space where the atmosphere in the room can easily be changed with a few simple and stylish adjustments.
Is it the perfect cinema? Just maybe.

PS: Also check out this cute little behind-the-scenes video by Erik Wåhlström (who provided the excellent photos above) here.

Philip

April 8, 2011