Auckland-based experimental design collective OH.NO.SUMO have come up with a great concept – the stairway cinema. By tucking a miniature cinema into the steps of a building on a busy street in Auckland, New Zealand, the designers attempt to remedy the lack of social interaction happening at the bus stops and launderettes on the corner. Pedestrians and commuters are invited to take a seat on the steps and watch a short film together rather than retreat into their mobile phones. Here’s what the architects had to say:

“This project takes inspiration from the site and its inhabitants. The intersection of Symonds Street and Mount Street is a place of ‘hard waiting’. Bus stops and laundromats create a hard-scape of poor space for social interaction. Members of the public retreat individually into the media offered on their mobile phones. This in turn results in greater separation and dislocation from an existing community that is waiting to be activated. A community must be linked not only virtually but also physically. Stairway Cinema offers a very simple programmatic response to recognise and counter this larger issue. Short movies previously shared online, are projected for the public to enjoy, offering similar media to that sought out on their phones. The individual experience is exchanged for the communal and social, leading to a shared, fun and architecturally framed experience.”